New California laws try to help employees, immigrants

11:56 AM, Dec 28, 2013   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Democrats who control the California Legislature put a priority in 2013 on helping workers, as illustrated by many of the laws taking effect in the new year.

In lawmakers' most far-reaching move, minimum-wage earners will be paid $9 an hour starting July 1. It will be the first of two dollar-an-hour boosts that will push the base wage to $10 by 2016, giving California one of the nation's highest rates.

In addition, domestic workers now must be paid time-and-a-half if they work more than nine hours in a day or more than 45 hours in a week. Workers in industries such as agriculture and landscaping must get rest breaks during hot weather.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed 805 bills into law in 2013, while vetoing 96.

The Associated Press

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