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Court of Appeal Upholds Dismissal of Nisei Farmers League Action

By: Kyle D. Kring

Nisei Farmers League v. California Labor and Workforce Development Agency is a piece-rate compensation case involving AB 1513 which we have been following and reporting on since it was originally filed.

Last Friday, the Court of Appeal upheld the dismissal of the Nisei Farmers League action challenging the constitutional validity of Labor Code section 226.2 (AB 1513) which went into effect on January 1, 2016 and requires separate payment for piece rate workers' rest breaks and non-productive time. The court concluded that Plaintiff, Nisei Farmers League failed to allege an adequate basis for finding the statute to be unconstitutional. As you may recall, Plaintiff Nisei Framers League had generally alleged that the statute was unconstitutionally vague as to the phrases "other nonproductive time" and "actual sums due." The legal standard the Plaintiff needed to prove was quite high. The court noted that "... a statute will be deemed to have a reasonable degree of certainty and thereby overcome a vagueness challenge 'if any reasonable and practical construction can be given its language of if its terms may be made reasonably certain by reference to its legislative history or purpose.'"

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