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.
Read all about it in this Alert written by yours truly and Gabrielle E. Gordon.