California voters will no longer decide the fate of the controversial Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act (FAST Act), which was expected to significantly affect fast-food restaurants in the state, including franchise operations.

Following a series of meetings with representatives of the fast-food industry and labor unions, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law AB 1228. The law withdrew a pending voter referendum set for November 2023, repealed the FAST Act and implemented new regulations for the fast-food industry that represent a compromise.

Check out our Alert to learn all about California’s new Fast-Food Industry Regulations, including an increased minimum wage for National Fast Food Chains (effective April 1, 2024).