The California Supreme Court's rulings tend to set precedents. So, in the contenious area of employment lawsuits, the oral arguments held before the high court in "Brinker v Superior Court" have been closely watched.
In THE RECORDER, Kate Moser reports that the questions by newest Justice Goodwin Liu seemed to side with the Fourth District Court of Appeals on the issue that employers weren't responsible for monitoring what employees did on their state-required meal and rest breaks.
As the social contract between management and labor is being reconfigured throughout America, this time of ambiguity is filled with a growing number of lawsuits and complaints to regulatory agencies such as the EEOC. One approach has been that of GM which is providing workers with higher wages in lieu of job security. This bird-in-the-hand could become a model for the workplace in a global economy disrupted by technology.