This week, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed separate bills doing both. Under Assembly Bill 10, the state minimum wage will rise from the current $8 an hour to $9 next July and $10 in 2016. Under AB 241, domestic workers 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. Those who look at the downside of raising pay note that it increases costs for employers, which could lead to job cuts. That argument is particularly poignant when applied to nannies, caregivers and housekeepers.
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Families, the real prisoners
Now, through no fault of their own, they face spending their weekends in jail. More often than not, these families are poverty stricken 4-6 Hispanic mothers or pregnant teenagers, who had to find someone to look after the rest of their children while they took an hour or longer bus ride to the jail, only to face several long lines to be examined and questioned and made to feel like criminals. They then waited, sometimes for hours, in stark dreary holding areas, to finally be crammed into narrow corridors with 50 other innocent families to be able to see through safety glass and talk on a phone that is probably being recorded, for a mere 15 minute visit. These are the same ones, whose home was raided, most likely, in the middle of the night by several heavily armed men that terrorized their entire family to take away their loved ones in handcuffs without one single word of comfort or information. They are the same ones who had to take off work to go to court, only to find out that they not only could not participate, but couldnt even get information. If they were lucky, they had a public defender. If they hired a lawyer, they are now facing $10,000 or more in debt from lawyer fees, most likely on their credit card.
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Families Of AZ Firefighters Await Report On Deaths
Hes still dead, she said of her son, Travis. I still miss him, and its unbearable pain. Forestry officials and investigators are expected to brief the families on the roughly 120-page report Saturday ahead of a news conference at Prescott High School. The report is expected to outline the weather on June 30 when the Granite Mountain Hotshots died, the radio traffic, briefings and logistics of the crew. What its not expected to do is assign blame, officials said. Early reports showed the fire caused little immediate concern because of its remote location and small size. But the winds kicked up and moved flames swiftly across the boulder-strewn mountains outside Yarnell, trapping the firefighters in a basin.
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