Meal and Rest Breaks

It is common for employers to expect workers will put in a full day, but not without breaks. In fact, California’s labor laws contain strict guidelines that mandate that employees receive a certain amount of time for both meal and rest breaks, depending on the length of their shift.At David Yeremian & Associates, Inc., a Glendale, California, employment law firm focusing on wage and hour issues, we serve as dedicated advocates, speaking out for clients who have been required to put in long hours without the breaks they deserve.

Leveling The Playing Field For Employees Denied Meal And Rest Breaks

The law in California outlines the breaks that employers are required to provide for all nonexempt employees — which includes most employees who are not professionals, executives or administrators. These breaks include:

  • One 10-minute rest break during a shift lasting between 3.5 hours and six hours
  • Two 10-minute rest breaks during a shift lasting between six hours and 10 hours
  • One 30-minute meal break during a shift lasting more than five hours
  • Two 30-minute meal breaks during a shift lasting more than 10 hours

Allowing a worker to eat while they are still working, rather than providing an actual break from work, is a meal break violation. Meal breaks must be uninterrupted time while the worker is off-duty.

At David Yeremian & Associates, Inc., we work closely with employees who have been denied their breaks, learning about the details of their situation. Then, we advise them on their options and answer any of their questions, free of charge. We do not collect a fee unless we win their case.

Our lawyers understand how difficult it is to take on your employer, especially when you rely on your paycheck to make ends meet. We have the experience and skill necessary to tip the scales in your favor and help you secure compensation for the days you worked without breaks.

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