California’s FAST Recovery Act blocked

A temporary injunction granted by a California court has blocked the California Department of Industrial Relations from implementing the FAST Recovery Act while the state verifies petition signatures gathered by Save Local Restaurants to trigger a referendum that could overturn the law. On Dec. 27, Katrina Hagen, director of California DIR, wrote in a letter to opponents of the law that her office had a legal duty to implement the FAST Recovery Act until the California Secretary of State certifies the referendum. Save Local Restaurants, an industry group funded by major national brands, sued to stop Hagen on Dec. 29. A California judge granted a temporary restraining order against Hagen and the DIR. The restraining order prevents the implementation of the fast food council law at least until a court hearing on the suit scheduled for Jan. 13.