Calif. High Court Backs LA Grocery Employment Rule

Law360, New York (July 18, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT) -- California's highest court on Monday backed a Los Angeles city ordinance requiring new grocery store owners to employ a store's previous employees for 90 days, finding that the rule was not preempted by state and federal statutes.

In a 6-1 ruling, the California Supreme Court said that the ordinance was neither preempted by state laws covering health and safety, nor by federal laws regulating collective bargaining, striking down a 2009 ruling by a lower court rejecting the ordinance.

In July 2009, the California Court of Appeal...
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