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Restaurants Be Prepared: California Supreme Court to Interpret Suitable Seating Requirements

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By Lara A. H. Shortz
Converge
April 4, 2014

Lara Shortz's article, "Restaurants Be Prepared: California Supreme Court to Interpret Suitable Seating Requirements," was published on April 4, 2014 on Hospitality Lawyer's Blog, Converge

From the article...

"California’s Suitable Seating law has been the subject of a growing number of representative actions in California over the past two years.  On March 26th, 2014, the California Supreme Court ruled that it will provide clarification of the law by deciding questions presented by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal in Kilby v. CVS, Inc., the leading case on the subject. The way the law will be interpreted is certain to have a profound impact on the restaurant industry, which mostly employs workers who spend a significant amount of time standing and moving on the job.  If the Court sides with employees on the interpretation of this law, restaurants will likely need to provide seating for their servers and hostesses, perhaps even chefs, and could require significant changes to the design and safety considerations of the restaurants themselves."