Did you know that in California, employees are entitled to a 30-minute meal break for every 5 hours worked? This break must be uninterrupted and free from the control of the employer. In other words, your employer cannot require you to perform any work-related tasks during this time.
It’s important to note that this meal break must be provided no later than the end of the fifth hour of work. If you work more than 10 hours in a day, you are entitled to a second 30-minute meal break. This second break must be provided no later than the end of the tenth hour of work.
If your employer fails to provide you with these meal breaks, or if you are required to perform work-related tasks during your breaks, you may be entitled to additional compensation. It’s important to speak up and assert your rights if this happens to you.
In addition to these meal break requirements, California law also requires employers to provide their employees with a 10-minute rest break for every 4 hours worked. These breaks must also be uninterrupted and free from the control of the employer.
It’s important for California workers to be aware of their rights to meal and rest breaks, and to speak up if their employer is not providing them. Your well-being and job performance depends on adequate rest and nourishment, so don’t hesitate to assert your rights and ensure you are being treated fairly.
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