17 Mar Work Breaks and Meals
California law provides for work breaks and meals for non-exempt employees. Your employer must provide rest and meal breaks depending on how long you work. The labor code provides for a paid 10 minute break for each 4 hours of work. Additionally, the labor code provides for a 30 minute meal break. This kicks if you’re working at least 8 hours.
Critically, the meal break doesn’t count as a rest break. For example, let’s take the typical 8-hour shift. Because you work for 8 hours, the law requires your employer to give you a 30 minute meal break at some point. Additionally, you still get two paid rest breaks of ten minutes each, one for each 4 hours you work.
Unfortunately, employers regularly fail to abide by these requirements. This is particularly true in the service industry. For example, during the holiday shopping seasons, retail managers may push employees to work through breaks or meal periods during busy times.
If you have questions about work breaks and meals, you should contact an employment attorney. You may have a claim against your employer if it has not provided you with breaks and meal periods as required by law.
If your employer has failed to provide you with meal or rest breaks, contact the Khadder Law Firm today for a free consultation.