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Friday, July 2, 2010
Gov. Schwarzenegger puts 200,000 workers on $7.25/hour
Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said the change should be reflected in state employees' next paycheck. Workers will be paid in full retroactively once a budget is passed.
It raises so many interesting questions. Could you live on minimum wage? How do you pay your expenses? At the same time, what is a state to do which in as dire a situation as California?
Schwarzenegger's order, if implemented, could cost the state billions of dollars because the action would violate employment law, Roper said. He cited the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, which he says entitles a worker to "double damages" if an employer cuts pay to minimum wage.
Salaried managers who are not paid on an hourly basis would see their pay cut to $455 per week.
Some of the state's roughly 250,000 employees would be exempt, including doctors and attorneys, because
minimum wage laws do not apply to those professions. Under the order, they would not get paid at all until a budget deal is struck, said Lynelle Jolley, spokeswoman for the Department of Personnel Administration.
Not paid at all, minimum wage, it is all a very terrible situation only to get worse.