California Supreme Court To Hear Arguments In Landmark Arbitration Case and Bonus Plan Case

The California Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in two cases that will have large ramifications for California employers. 

On Tuesday, June 5, 2007 the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in GENTRY v. SUPERIOR COURT (CIRCUIT CITY STORES).

The issue being heard by the Court in Gentry is:

This case presents issues regarding the enforceability of an arbitration provision that prohibits employee class actions in litigation concerning alleged violations of California's wage and hour laws.

On Wednesday, June 6, 2007, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in PRACHASAISORADEJ v. RALPHS GROCERYThe issue being heard by the Court in Ralph’s is:

Does an employee bonus plan based on a profit figure that is reduced by a store's expenses, including the cost of workers compensation insurance and cash and inventory losses, violate (a) Business and Professions Code section 17200, (b) Labor Code sections 221, 400 through 410, or 3751, or (c) California Code of Regulations, title 8, section 11070?

The Supreme Court will have a written opinion within 90 days after the oral arguments. I plan on attending the oral arguments for Gentry, and will provide more analysis about the cases within the next few weeks leading up to and immediately after the oral arguments. 

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