The California Restaurant Association (CRA) provided opposition testimony during the committee hearing on SB 878. In addition to the concerns raised by the business community coalition, the CRA raised specific concerns that the bill fails to consider the many factors that affect the ebb and flows of each restaurant, such as the weather, unexpected or last-minute large party reservations, or employee-initiated last-minute time-off requests to name a few.
The CRA’s lobbying team met with several members of the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee prior to the hearing to share a long list of concerns and issues with SB 878. During the committee hearing, several legislators raised concerns with the breadth of the legislation and the impacts it will have on businesses. Some cited the impacts it could have on restaurants, such as when you have a large party like a little league team show up with very little or no notice and the needed flexibility to adjust staffing needs without being penalized. Despite those concerns, the committee voted 4-1 to pass the bill and let it go to the next step in the legislative process. Several Senators suggested to the bill’s author, Senator Connie Leyva, to work with the business community, once again, to find a way to address the business community’s concerns with the legislation.
The CRA advocacy team will be meeting with senators over the next few weeks to share our concerns and issues with SB 878. Please stay tuned on SB 878 as we will be asking you to engage on this issue by contacting your State Senators.