Calif. Top Court Mulls Meal Break Standard In Brinker Suit

Law360, New York (November 8, 2011, 8:11 PM EST) -- The California Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared skeptical of the notion that employers have to ensure workers take meal breaks required under state law — rather than merely make them available — in a closely watched class action against restaurant chain owner Brinker International Inc.

The case, which lawyers say could have costly implications for employers if the state Supreme Court sides with the plaintiffs, was initially filed in 2004. A trial court certified a class of roughly 60,000 current and former Brinker workers, but an...
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