In California, an employer may not employ an employee for a work period of more than 5 hours per day without giving the employee with a meal period shorter than 30 minutes.
However, if the total work period per day of the employee is no more than 6 hours, the meal period can be waived by both the employee and the employer if they both agree so.
Also, according to California Labor Code section 512, a second meal period of not less than 30 minutes is required if an employee works more than 10 hours per day, except that if the total hours of work is no more than 12 hours, the second meal period can be waived by both the employee and employer if they both agree so, only if the first meal period was not waived.
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