Meal and Rest Break Violations

Meal and Rest Break Violations

Although federal law does not require meal or rest breaks, California law does. In California, employers must give employees a 30-minute unpaid meal break after they work five hours; a second meal break is required after employees work ten hours. In addition, California employees are entitled to a paid, ten-minute rest break for every four hours they work.

Employers violate these rules by failing to provide the required breaks at all, requiring employees to work during their breaks, or not providing a second meal break for employees who work overtime.

David Payab, Esq. from The Law Offices of Payab & Associates can be reached @ (800) 401-4466 or by visiting

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