Written by The Business Journal Staff
(AP) — The Latest on the California Supreme Court’s attempt to clarify the state’s rules for determining when employers must provide their employees with a place to sit (all times local):
The California Supreme Court says employers must evaluate the tasks that employees perform at a particular location such as a check-out stand when determining whether they must provide those workers with a place to sit.
The court’s opinion Monday stemmed from lawsuits brought by cashiers at the CVS drugstore chain and tellers at Chase Bank who said they were wrongly denied a place to sit while working.
Michael Rubin, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said the decision was a victory for all workers who perform repetitive tasks in fixed locations that don’t require them to move around and have been denied seats.
An email to attorneys for CVS was not immediately returned. Sam Shaulson, an attorney for JP Morgan Chase, said he would respond if his client was interested in commenting.
California’s Supreme Court is set to clarify the state’s rules for determining when employees are entitled to a seat.
The court’s opinion expected Monday stems from lawsuits brought by cashiers at the CVS drug-store chain and tellers at Chase Bank who said they were wrongly denied seats while working.
Employees in California are entitled to seats when the nature of the work reasonably permits their use.
The CVS and Chase Bank lawsuits are now before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.