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California Supreme Court Rules: "You May Be Seated"

In January, we wrote about the California Supreme Court’s impending decision with respect to the “suitable seating” cases. That Advisory can be found here. On April 4, 2016, the Court published its much anticipated opinion,...more

A Good Deed Never Goes Unpunished When Applying California’s Wage Order Rules on Scheduling Rest Breaks

California courts continue to strictly enforce the State’s meal and rest break laws. A recent case highlights the importance of adopting statutorily appropriate employee rest break procedures. In Rodriguez v. E.M.E.,...more

California Supreme Court Tells Employers to Sit a Spell While Courts Review Individual Factors for Suitable Seating

“Shut the door. Have a seat.” The phrase immediately conjures emotions from the recipient. Most likely, life-changing (typically bad) news is about to be imparted. For Mad Men fans, it harkens to the third-season finale when...more

Are You Sitting Down for This? The California Supreme Court Offers Guidance to Employers For Meeting Their Seating Obligations

Most employers rarely think about their obligation to provide seats for their employees. The California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Kilby v. CVS Pharmacy should have employers standing up and taking...more

The California Edition of the Employment & Labor Newsletter

Take a Seat! California Supreme Court Provides Clarity on California’s Suitable Seating Laws - A recent ruling by the California Supreme Court on suitable workplace seating arrangements will affect a vast number of...more

To Seat, or Not to Seat: That is the Question

Seyfarth Synopsis: Seats must be provided for each location where the work reasonably permits. It started like a bad joke. A cashier and a bank teller walk into a bar—actually, a federal court served by the Bar—and sue...more

Sitting on the Job: When California Employers Must Provide Seats

Employees are entitled to sit at work when the nature of the work reasonably permits the use of seats. On April 4, 2016, the California Supreme Court, in an opinion authored by Justice Carol A. Corrigan, clarified...more

Only In California: Standing Up For Sitting Down

California’s wage orders, which regulate working conditions for most industries and occupations, require that “[a]ll working employees shall be provided with suitable seats when the nature of the work reasonably permits the...more

Question #275: Can We Take A Stand On Employees Sitting?

Question: Some of our retail company’s employees in California are demanding chairs to sit in while they work. Management thinks it appears unprofessional to have workers sitting, but I hear the employees might have a legal...more

California Supreme Court Takes a Stand About Employees Sitting

Earlier this week, the California Supreme Court, in Kilby v. CVS Pharmacy, clarified that the suitable seating requirement in several California wage orders may entitle employees to a seat when their tasks can be accomplished...more

Labor & Employment Advisory: California Supreme Court Expands “Suitable Seating” Requirements

In an opinion with far-reaching implications for California employers and one that will change the posture of California’s “suitable seating” law, the California Supreme Court recently provided further guidance on how one of...more

Better Sit Down For This: Court Clarifies “Suitable Seating” Rules

Seyfarth Synopsis in a Second: Suitable seating is required in California where tasks performed at a particular location reasonably permit sitting, and where providing a seat would not interfere with the performance of...more

California Shapes Standards for Suitable Employee Seating Requirements

California wage orders – state-issued employment standards having the force of law – require all working employees to be provided with “suitable seats when the nature of the work reasonably permits the use of seats.” On April...more

California Supreme Court Rules That Employees May Have Right To Sit During Working Hours

On April 4, 2016, the California Supreme Court ruled that employers must provide an employee with seating if the employee’s tasks at a discrete location make seated work feasible, even if the employee’s job duties include...more

California Supreme Court Clarifies When Employers Must Provide Employees With Seats

On April 4, 2016, the California Supreme Court issued an opinion with important implications for all California employers. For the first time, the court interpreted the meaning of wage orders promulgated by California’s...more

Have a Seat: The California Supreme Court Clarifies the Wage Orders’ Suitable Seating Rules

On April 4, 2016, the California Supreme Court issued an opinion concerning the Industrial Welfare Commission’s (IWC) Wage Orders’ suitable seating rules. According to the California Supreme Court, whether an employer must...more

Wage and Hour Law Continues to Be Hot

The number of federally filed wage and hour cases hit a new high in 2015, and, as Corporate Counsel reports, this trend is likely to continue in 2016. Similarly, California’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement is...more

New York Adopts Tipped Worker and Fast Food Worker Minimum Wage Regulations

As we reported previously, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) proposed a series of new regulations earlier this year. These proposals included new regulations raising the minimum wage and reducing the maximum...more

Recent Legislative and Regulatory Activity Will Impact the Payment of Wages in New York

First, Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation extending a so-called “sunset” provision in prior amendments to New York’s wage deduction statute – Section 193 of the New York Labor Law. Those amendments, enacted in...more

Attention Health Care Employers: Your Blood Pressure Is About to Drop

Existing law left health care employers in the quagmire of a conflicting statute and wage orders when it came to employees’ meal period waivers on work shifts exceeding 12 hours in a workday. But Governor Brown has signed...more

New Regulations Clarify Time Off Under California Family Rights Act

In recently published amendments to its regulations, the California Fair Employment & Housing Council (FEHC) has clarified formerly confusing rules and brought the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) into closer parallel to...more

New York Becomes First State Raise Minimum Wage to $15 . . . For Fast Food Workers

A panel appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recommended a minimum hourly wage increase to $15 for fast food service workers on Wednesday. The recommendation comes just three months after Governor Cuomo tasked the...more

Wage Order—Not Borello—Applies in Independent Contractor Status Test Says California Court of Appeal

The California Court of Appeal, Second District, issued an opinion on October 15, 2014, that considered whether the definition of “employee” from the Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Order No. 9 (Wage Order) or the common...more

The California Supreme Court Agrees To Answer Questions Regarding California's Suitable Seating Requirement

Most of the California Wage Orders require an employer to prove “suitable seats when the nature of the work reasonably permits the use of seats.” While the “suitable seat” requirement has been in the Wage Orders for many...more

Quirky Question # 222, Seats in the Workplace

We are a retail store. An employee in the warehouse requested an assigned chair to sit on when he is between tasks. Must we comply with this request in our California locations?...more

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