a. As a result of the decisions use local growers of organic produce and start a catering service, Kudler has decided to shut down some departments (e.g., deli, confectionary, on-site prepared meals) for 3 months for refurbishing. This will result in some employees not being needed. What obligations does Kudler have to its employees? Can Kudler legally shut down these departments? b. The local organic produce growers want contracts with Kudler so they can have some certainty regarding where their produce is sold. Should Kudler enter into contracts with these growers? c. Organic produce does not have preservatives. What product liability implications does this have for Kudler? What regulatory implications does this have for Kudler? d. As Kudler seeks to expand its service offering, it will need to hire more employees. What employment law considerations must Kudler keep in mind as it seeks to hire these new employees?
Regulatory Environment for Kudler Fines Foods
Due to the decisions made to use local growers of organic products and start a catering service, Kudler Fine Foods has decided to close three departments for refurbishing and simultaneously lay-off workers within each department. The focus of this paper, will focus on Kudler being analyzed concerning any legal obligations the store may have toward the employees, supplying contractual agreements with local organic farmers, product liability, and regulatory implications.
Obligations to Employees
Kudler Fine Foods (KFF) is located in California where they support the employment-at-will policy. Per the KFF handbook (2004):
“KFF has to right to add new policies, change policies, or cancel policies at any time. The only policy that will never... [continues]
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