Post-Brinker Workers Attack Calif. Employers On New Fronts

By Erin Coe (April 9, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT) -- A year after the California Supreme Court's landmark Brinker v. Superior Court decision holding that companies don't need to police employees to ensure they stop working during meal breaks, state courts are certifying fewer wage-and-hour class actions for missed meal periods, prompting the plaintiffs bar to shift strategy by attacking rest period policies and adding claims under the state's Private Attorney General Act, lawyers say.

Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the ruling by California's top court in a class action against Brinker International Inc., owner of the Chili's Bar & Grill chain. The court held that while employers must relieve workers...

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