As we suggested last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom wasted no time in signing into law the FAST Act (the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act). After languishing in the state senate for the better part of the legislative session, the bill moved at breakneck speed over the last days of the session, passing with the minimum number of Senate votes required (21). Just days after it passed, the Governor officially put it on the books this past Monday, Labor Day! Most observers on the ground in Sacramento agree that the 70 amendments that the Governor submitted were necessary to put the bill over the top. As we’ve advised in the past, among other provisions, the FAST Act provides for the creation of a 10-member government commission (Fast-food Sector Council) that will be empowered to set wage, benefits as well as work rules and conditions for fast-food chains with a minimum of 100 stores sharing a national brand. The law also allows for any community of more than 200,000 residents to create their own Fast-Food Sector Council and it set a cap for the 2023 fast food minimum wage that the Council could establish at $22 per hour, The current minimum wage of $15/hour in California is scheduled to increase to $15.50 on January 1, 2023. The new law caps CPI-driven wage increases at 3.5 percent.