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CALIFORNIA – A new bill intended to improve rights for garment workers in California has just cleared a major hurdle. The Garment Worker Protection Act, known as SB 62, has been passed by the US state Assembly and will go to the Senate for final approval. The bill aims to tighten the chain of responsibility in California’s garment factories by holding brands accountable for the clothes they produce. The bill would also ban the piece-rate system as the main means of payment. Instead, once the minimum wage is reached, a piece-rate bonus incentive system would be applied.

California’s apparel industry is the largest in the USA, made up of over 46,000 garment workers employed by over 4,000 manufacturers and contractors.

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