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California State Senate Approves Thanksgiving Double-Time Pay

SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) – The California Senate is advancing legislation that would give employees of large companies double-time pay for working on Thanksgiving.

The proposal approved Monday comes as stores have begun opening earlier and earlier to accommodate shoppers ahead of Black Friday.

Lawmakers rejected the bill last year when it applied more broadly. It narrowly cleared the Assembly in January after Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego agreed to restrict the mandate to large retail businesses with more than 500 employees in California.

The Senate approved it in a 22-14 vote. AB67 returns to the Assembly, which must agree to changes made in the Senate.

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