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Sep 21, 2010

Bill to Exempt Certain Unionized Employees From Meal Period Rules

Topics: New Laws & Legislation, Wage & Hour Issues

Earlier this week, we provided you a list of some of the employment bills now sitting on the Governor's desk for signature or veto. One bill that does not cover all employers, but will be of keen interest to some, is AB 569. This bill, if signed, would exempt from the meal period requirements (a) employees in many construction occupations, (b) commercial drivers, (c) security officers working in the security industry, and (d) employees of electrical and gas corporations or local publicly owned electric utilities, if those employees are covered by a valid collective bargaining agreement containing specified terms, including their own meal period provisions. This bill would give more flexibility for unionized employers covered by the bill to negotiate their own meal break provisions that better fit their particular industry and the employees' needs and desires.

For a copy of the bill, click here.

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Robin Largent has a regular presence in California state and federal courts and has been lead defense counsel and appellate counsel for large and small California employers in litigation (and arbitration) ranging from individual discrimination and harassment claims to complex wage and hour representative and class actions. She also leads the firm’s appellate practice, having substantial experience and success handling appeals, writ petitions, and amicus briefs in both state and federal court on issues such as class certification (particularly in the wage and hour arena), manageability and due process concerns associated with class action trials, exempt/non-exempt misclassification issues, meal and rest break compliance, trade secret/unfair competition matters, and the scope of federal court jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act.
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