One of the more egregious legislative proposals pending anywhere this year – the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act or FAST Recovery Act – was heard earlier this week by the Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee in the California state senate. The bill, which has already passed the state Assembly, sets aside existing labor laws in favor of a new set of rules that will be developed and enforced by a Fast-Food Sector Council consisting of 11 unelected appointees, only one of which would be a franchisee! Collectively, this “council”, effectively free of meaningful oversight from the Governor or Legislature, will have the power to establish work rules, working conditions and pay rates for employees of franchised Fast-Food businesses in California. Further, it statutorily defines franchisors as joint-employers and creates another layer of local Fast Food Sector Councils in cities with more than 200,000 residents! We would again urge subscribers to contact state senators in California to urge them to oppose the FAST Act and contact the Governor’s office to urge he oppose it as well or to veto it, if it passes.