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California “day of rest” clarified

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A new ruling from the California Supreme Court has granted more leeway to employers on the day off guaranteed to workers. According to the San Francisco Business Times, this ruling is meant to clarify whether or not an employee is entitled one day off out of every work week or if that is a moving seven-day period.

Bay City News reports that under a California law from 1937, “Every person employed in any occupation of labor is entitled to one day’s rest therefrom in seven.” This became an issue for employers scheduling workers when two former employees of Nordstrom wanted clarification between it this was by set calendar workweeks or if this meant they were not able to be scheduled seven days in a row. According to the case, these employees stated that they had at times worked up to 11 days in a row. The employees contended that should get one day off in every seven that they were working, but Norstrom believed they were within their rights so long as each employee was given one day off per workweek.

The Court ruled in favor of Nordstrom on this issue, which means that while an employee could indeed work more than seven consecutive days, they are entitled to one day off each workweek. They also determined an exception to this rule: employees who never work six hours a day in a workweek are able to be scheduled for all seven days of that week. Those happy with the ruling say the Court took a pragmatic approach for businesses attempting to schedule their employees.

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