On Labor Day, with support from prominent unions, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act (FAST Recovery Act), which will significantly affect fast-food restaurants in the state, including franchise operations. What starts in California often moves to other states, so even if FAST (AB 257) does not impact your business – yet – take note.
AB 257 authorizes the California Department of Industrial Relations to create a Fast Food Council if the Department receives a petition signed by at least 10,000 fast-food employees. If the Council is created, it will have the authority to set minimum standards for employees in the fast-food industry, including wages, health and safety conditions, workplace security, workplace training, the right to take time off from work for protected purposes and protection from workplace discrimination and harassment.