• From the Los Angeles Times:
"Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday signed a nation-leading measure giving more than half a million fast-food workers in California more power and protections, despite the objections of restaurant owners who warned it would drive up consumers’ costs.
"The landmark law creates a 10-member Fast Food Council with equal numbers of workers’ delegates and employers’ representatives, along with two state officials, empowered to set minimum standards for wages, hours and working conditions in California … The law sets a cap on minimum wages for fast-food workers at chains with more than 100 restaurants at $22 an hour next year, compared with the statewide minimum of $15.50 an hour, with cost of living increases thereafter."
• The Washington Post reports that "e-cigarette company Juul, which at the height of its success dominated the market with its sweet flavors, has agreed to pay $438.5 million in a settlement with 33 states and one territory over marketing its product to teens.
"Connecticut Attorney General William Tong (D), who led the plaintiff effort, said in a statement Tuesday that the settlement will send millions of dollars to programs aimed at reducing tobacco use.
According to the Post, "Juul use among teens and young adults spiked from 2018 to 2019, with use among 18-to-20-year-olds doubling … Juul and other vape companies contributed to an e-cigarette epidemic among youths, the surgeon general at the time said in 2018.
"Tuesday’s settlement doesn’t eradicate the problem of e-cigarette use among youth, but it is a significant move to hold Juul accountable for its actions, Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, said in an interview."