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It’s the Law:
Suitable Seating

California’s Supreme Court recently made a ruling that affects many retail and service workers: “all working employees shall be provided with suitable seats when the nature of the work reasonably permits the use of seats“.

The court explains that, when considering suitable seating…

  • The “nature of work” allowing a seat is task specific; if any task reasonably permits a seat, a seat is called for (i.e. If an employee can do part of his or her job using a seat, and the seat doesn’t get in the way, then he or she is entitled to one)
  • The physical layout of a space and an employer’s business judgment cannot solely determine whether the seat is necessary (i.e. An employer can’t cite business knowledge to say that an employee’s job is better performed without a seat)
  • The burden is on the employer to prove that no suitable seat is available (and that’s where Focal comes in **wink wink**)

Excerpt Credit: Cal Code Regs., tit 8, §§ 11040, subd. 14(A) (Wage Order No. 4-2001). 11070, subd. 14(A) (Wage Order No. 7-2001).

All working employees shall be provided with suitable seats when the nature of the work reasonably permits the use of seats.


FOCAL FIT:The Mobis II Seat

Focal Upright’s Mobis seat is optimal for retail workers. Designed to work with the body, the seat keeps the spine in a neutral posture and engages the major muscle groups throughout the workday, all while allowing employees to maintain a functional work reach.

  1. Tri-Flex seat cushion with built-in sitz bone contours for plush support all day long
  2. Seat pan is cantilevered forward to promote the optimal open hip angle
  3. Waterfall edge to reduce pressure on the upper legs which aids in healthy circulation throughout the workday
  4. Easy-adjust handles that lift and lower the seat height quickly
  5. Sleek and modern design aesthetic gently enforces good posture by returning your spine to its healthy S-curve
  6. Space-saving design features ellipse-shaped base with non-slip footing that provides stability while remaining portable


Graham, a barista at Updike’s Newtowne Coffee in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, has been using his Mobis seat behind the cash register for a year — “enough time for me to learn to love it,” he says. Behind the bar, Graham looks upright, professional, and ready to move at a moment’s notice (all while making the tastiest lattes around).

Graham’s seat is:

  • Compact: “I like that the seat is small. We don’t have a lot of space behind the counter.”
  • Portable: “When the shop gets really busy I can move the seat to clear up the area.”
  • Adjustable: “All the baristas can use the same Mobis behind the counter. It’s quick and easy to adjust.”

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