May 23, 2017

Suitable seating laws: Do not read while standing

By Lara A. H. Shortz
Hotel News Now

Lara A. Shortz’ article, “Suitable seating laws: Do not read while standing” was published in Hotel News Now on May 23, 2017.

From the article . . .

“Picture this: a grand and bustling hotel lobby bathed in light, impeccably designed and furnished with beautiful seating areas where guests lounge and enjoy. Adjacent to the stunning lobby, and just steps from the hotel’s entrance, is the busy front desk, staffed by attentive, smartly dressed employees answering questions, checking guests into rooms and otherwise accommodating all those who approach them.

Noticeably absent from anywhere behind the front desk, however, is a place for these employees to sit. And while it is no surprise that the hotel staff is not provided with plush chairs and couches like those adorning the lobby, the lack of suitable seating could raise red flags given the California Supreme Court’s relatively recent clarification of the issue in Kilby v CVS Pharmacy. That lawsuit, brought on behalf of pharmacy cashiers and bank tellers, alleged that CVS violated certain California wage orders issued by the California Industrial Welfare Commission.”

Lara A. H. Shortz

Firm Recruiting Partner/Labor & Employment Practice Group Leader
Labor & Employment