HR & Employment Law Blog

Commentary on HR and employment law issues in California.

Governor Signs SB 602 Requiring Safety Training for California “Food Handlers”

On September 25, 2010, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 602, known as the “California Food Handler Card Law.” [i]  This new law requires all “food handlers” in the State to have a food handler card on or before July 1, 2011.  The law was designed to reduce the potential for foodborne illness by guaranteeing […]

CA Supreme Court Rules that Employees Cannot Sue for “Tip Pooling” Violations

On August 9, 2010, the California Supreme Court gave restaurant and other hospitality employers a victory in Lu v. Hawaiian Gardens, 50 Cal. 4th 592 (2010), by holding that California Labor Code Section 351 does not contain a private right to sue.  Therefore, a tipped employee in California cannot sue his employer in court for […]

Federal Reserve Issues Final Gift Card Regulations

On March 23, 2010, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors issued their final regulations implementing the gift card provisions of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 (the “CARD Act”).[i]  California hotels, restaurants, and other retailers, who are already complying with California’s gift card law[ii], will also have to comply with these […]