Attorneys Debate Employment Ruling in Daily Journal Podcast

The week’s Daily Journal Daily Appellate Report podcast focuses on the California Supreme Court’s bellwether ruling, in Augustus v. ABM Security which paints a seemingly bright-line rule against employers requiring employees to remain on call during paid rest breaks. The court, split 5-2, with Justice Cuellar penning the majority opinion and Justices Kruger and Corrigan dissenting, found that the burden of remaining on call was such that employees could not truly rest during those state-mandated rest periods. Richard Bridgford and Mike Artinian  debate the legal footing of this ruling, its policy implications, and whether the enunciated rule is as bright as it seems.