Flexible Scheduling Job Creator Bill Misses Deadline

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A California Chamber of Commerce-sponsored job creator bill to improve employee flexibility has missed the deadline to move from the Assembly policy committee to the fiscal committee.

AB 2509 (Waldron; R-Escondido) sought to provide non-exempt employees, who work a traditional 8-hour day schedule, the opportunity to request an on-duty meal period in order to leave work 30 minutes earlier, which helps accommodate employee requests, retain employees, and offer more flexible work arrangements.

The bill never was heard in the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee.

The bill would have provided employees the same protections offered by the make-up time provision of the Labor Code—the on-duty meal period request must be employee initiated, in writing, and not encouraged or requested by the employer.

Employees are constantly requesting more flexibility at work in order to care for family, accommodate class schedules, or avoid traffic, etc., but employers’ hands are tied because of strict labor laws.

AB 2509 would simply have allowed employees a little more leniency in their already-hectic schedules while protecting employers who want to provide this type of flexibility.

Staff Contact: Laura Curtis

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Laura E. Curtis
About Laura E. Curtis
Laura E. Curtis joined the CalChamber in December 2017 as a policy advocate. She specializes in labor and employment, workers’ compensation, and elections/fair political practices issues. Before joining the CalChamber policy team, she was a labor and employment attorney counseling clients on subjects including wage-and-hour disputes, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims, and administrative agency compliance. Curtis holds a B.A. in communications with a minor in political science from the University of California, San Diego. She earned a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law, where she worked on the International Law Journal.