The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 27, 2010
Judge's tentative ruling on minimum wage issues becomes final

Thumbnail image for 100602 yolo county gavel.jpgAttorneys representing Controller John Chiang and the Department of Personnel Administration met in Sacramento Superior Court on Thursday to debate several highly technical minimum wage issues. The two sides are moving toward a full hearing on whether the controller can refuse to comply with DPA's instruction to withhold state workers' pay to the federal minimum allowed during the budget impasse.

Nothing that Judge Patrick Marlette heard changed his mind. The tentative ruling he issued on Wednesday stands as the his final decision. It sets the framework for the legal issues that are in play as the two sides now fully engage in the minimum wage compliance debate.

Next up: Another status hearing on Sept. 23. Look for the governor's side to push for a quick hearing date, while Chiang's lawyers will likely argue for a later date so that they can have more time to prepare.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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