On Tuesday, Governor Brown signed into law new protections for workers at large grocery stores.
AB 359, in essence, protects grocery store worker form being fired without cause for 90 days after a grocery store changes ownership. After the 90 day period, the new owner must “consider” offering continued employment the old workers. The law applies to grocery stores larger than 15,000 square feet.
The law makes California the first state in the nation to pass a statewide grocery worker retention law, but several cities, including San Francisco, Santa Monica, and Los Angeles already have local ordinances that provide similar protections to grocery workers.
California employers must comply with countless laws when implementing their personnel policies, some of which are distinct to California, and it is recommended they work closely with their employment counsel in navigating California’s complex legal landscape.
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