Yesterday, the California Court of Appeal issued an important class certification opinion in a wage and hour case, Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court (2008 WL 2806613). This decision was highlighted in an entry yesterday on The Complex Litigator (see yesterday’s CABWR).
The Baker Hostetler Employment and Labor Practice Team has issued an Executive Alert summarizing the decision and its possible implications for employers. Here is an excerpt:
Employers should pay particular attention to their existing company policy on meal and rest periods and whether there is a policy discouraging off-the-clock work and time-shaving procedures. Employers also should be aware that this decision may be appealed to the California Supreme Court.