Refresher course: five reminders about meal break waivers

How is it Friday already, and summer is coming to a close quickly?  Time for another Friday’s Five, and this week I cover five reminders about meal break waivers in California: 1. Meal break timing obligations. An employer may not employ an employee for a work period of more than five hours per day without providing the employee with a meal period of not less than thirty minutes.  A second meal period of not less than thirty minutes is required if an employee works more than ten hours per day. Labor Code Section 512. The California Supreme Court held in Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court, that: We conclude that, absent waiver, section 512 requires a first meal period no later than the end of an employee’s fifth hour of work, and a second meal period no later than the end of an employee’s 10th hour of work. See my previous post on when employers must authorize employees to take meal breaks. 2. Employer’s duty to authorize meal breaks. As…

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