SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MEAL AND REST BREAKS
California employment law specifies that employers allow non-exempt workers to take an uninterrupted 30-minute meal break, and two 10-minute rest breaks per day. All personnel who are not professionals, executives, supervisors, or administrators are considered non-exempt. Non-exempt employees whose employer has not provided rest and meal breaks following these rules could have justification for filing an employment law claim against their employer.
Employers operating outside this law often provide convoluted reasons for not providing adequate meal and rest breaks to their employees. The Southern California employment lawyers at DesJardins and Panitz LLP can help you discover whether labor code violations exist. Please contact us today for a free case evaluation, and keep in mind that no fees are charged.
CALIFORNIA LABOR CODE SECTION 226.7
This section of California labor law details the state rules for rest and meal breaks in the following manner:
- Employees not classified as exempt are allowed one thirty-minute meal break during the course of each five hours worked.
- They are also permitted to take a ten-minute rest break during each shift of four hours.
It follows from these rules that each California employee should have at least two ten-minute rest breaks and one thirty minute meal break during the course of an eight-hour workday. Companies in violation of these laws are obligated to pay the employee the equivalent of one extra hour per day.
Cases involving violations of meal and rest break laws are often candidates for employment law class action suits. Employing the class action legal mechanism allows a group of employees to file suit against their employer through one legal advocate, often strengthening their case with the potential to seek greater sums of compensation to be distributed among a large number of employees.
At DesJardins and Panitz LLP, we have handled a number of class action suits in different areas of employment law. Contact the employment law offices of DesJardins and Panitz for an appointment for your free case evaluation to discuss your case. For the fastest service, please fill out the form on our our case evaluation page.