Require Companies to Pay Employees Double on Holidays

Target: Toni Atkins, California State Assembly Speaker

Goal: Require California companies to pay double to employees obligated to work on major holidays

Being away from your family and friends on major holidays is difficult. Whether you’re separated as a result of illness, military service, or just a normal shift at work, holidays are not always the time of joy for many families that they’re made out to be. A bill was just introduced to the California State Assembly requiring companies to pay their employees double on major holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. If passed, the bill, proposed by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzales, would ensure that people who are obligated to work instead of be with their families on the holidays will at least be compensated fairly.

Millions of workers in the U.S. are required to work on major holidays every year, and many of them do not receive special compensation for it. The idea behind the law is the same as that behind overtime laws that require employers to pay employees 150% their regular pay for extra hours worked beyond the standard 40 a week. Some states like Maine and Massachusetts don’t allow most stores to open at all on major holidays, but this law could allow stores to remain open while fairly compensating the workers who actually have to staff them.

Please express your support for this law and for protecting workers’ rights, especially during the holidays.


Dear Ms. Atkins,

I am writing to you about a recent bill that was introduced to the California State Assembly by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzales. The bill would require companies that make their employees work on major holidays pay them double their usual pay. This law could help employees who have to work instead of spending the holidays with their families and friends by at least compensating them fairly. Please support this bill and help ease the load for people who are required to work during the holidays.

Some states ban most stores from opening on major holidays altogether, but this law can allow stores to operate while still offering fair compensation to workers who are not able to spend the holidays with their family and friends. I encourage you to push this law forward, and promote other laws that protect workers’ rights and well-being.


[Your Name Here]

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