California Supreme Courts have ruled “Employers cannot deny a worker a place to sit just because they prefer the person stand, and they must consider the employee’s work station, not their overall duties, when determining whether to provide a seat on Monday, April 4, 2016.
The ruling is aimed at clarifying state labor regulations that require employers in California to provide workers with “suitable seats” when the nature of their work reasonably permits the use of seats.
Michael Rubin, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said the decision was a victory for all workers who have been denied a place to sit while they perform repetitive tasks in fixed locations. “For the millions of California worker in the retail industry, this is going to mean that in the next few weeks, their employers will start giving them seats, which will promote health and comfort,” he said.
CVS Health spokesman Michael DeAngelis said CVS was pleased with the California Supreme Court’s ruling. The company’s policies are consistent with the “long-understood, reasonable interpretation of the law” that employers can consider factors such as their desire to provide prompt and efficient customer service when deciding whether seating is appropriate.
The court ruling provides for the protection of workers who have for years had to stand in their jobs. Read more about the case here.
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