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California Governor Weighs In On Appellate Court Opinion In Brinker Restaurant Class Action

This morning we posted an article on yesterday’s California Court of Appeal opinion in Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court, ___Cal.App.4th ___ (Cal.App. July 22, 2008). We failed to mention that yesterday California’s Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, issued a press release on the opinion, and on the topic of employee meal and rest breaks. The Governor’s press release states:

We are pleased that the California Court of Appeal issued today a decision squarely addressing many of the central issues in dispute concerning meal and rest periods. The confusing and conflicting interpretations of the meal and rest period requirements have harmed both employees and employers. Today’s decision promotes the public interest by providing employers, employees, the courts and the labor commissioner the clarity and precedent needed to apply meal and rest period requirements consistently.