Fresno Court Declines to Invalidate Piece Rate Safe Harbor

On July 25, a Superior Court in Fresno denied a petition by Nisei Farmers League requesting a preliminary injunction to prevent the Department of Industrial Relations from implementing the piece rate safe harbor, and allowing employers until July 28, 2016 to file for the safe harbor. The original deadline had been July 1, 2016. Read the more about the injunction.

The safe harbor was created by AB 1513, legislation passed by the California Legislature that became effective on January 1, 2016.  The safe harbor was intended to protect employers from liability for failing to properly compensate employees for rest periods and other non-productive time in the wake of court decisions in the Gonzalez and Bluford cases that held that employers must separately compensate employees for rest and other non-productive time.

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