California Legislation Update

Big changes are coming to the quick service industry in California.  An agreement reached between labor and fast-food companies has been documented in a Term Sheet dated 9/11/2023 proposes to drastically alter the FAST Act and the fast food industry in California.  The term sheet agreement, if it becomes final, introduces pivotal provisions impacting fast

On September 1, 2023, Governor Newsom signed SB 699 into law that adds additional prohibitions on employer’s use of non-competition agreements and another restrictive covenants. This legislation has several key components that employers both within and outside California should be keenly aware of:

1. Implementation Date: The law will take effect from January 1, 2024.

By Pooja Patel and Anthony Zaller

A new proposed law, AB 1228, called the Fast Food Franchisor Responsibility Act, that targets the franchise business model is making its way through California’s legislature.  At first glance, the Fast Food Franchisor Responsibility Act seems to benefit franchisees – it requires franchisors to take responsibility for complying

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has rapidly emerged as a transformative force across various industries, revolutionizing the way we work and live.  As we have previously written about here, AI has huge potential benefits for employers.  However, as the technology continues to advance, its impact on the workforce raises important questions about discrimination, privacy, and accountability.

Employers of 100 or more employees to report to the California Civil Rights Department pay and hours-worked data by establishment, pay band, job category, sex, race, and ethnicity.  For 2023, the pay data reports are due by May 10.  This requirement applies to employers even if they are based outside of California, but have one

On September 29, 2022, Governor Newsom signed AB 152 into law, extending California’s Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (“SPSL”) law through December 31, 2022 (the law was previously set to expire on September 30, 2022).  The law requires employers with 26 or more employees to provide up to 80 hours of COVID-19 related paid sick leave.