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Regarding lunchtime, it’s important for most workers here in California to understand that this 30 minutes is more than just an opportunity, it’s their right under state law.
The California Labor Code dictates that employees who work more than five hours per day must be given a single 30-minute lunch break or “meal period.” Furthermore, employees who work more than 10 hours per day must be provided with a second 30-minute meal period.
There are two circumstances, however, in which the right to these meal periods can be waived:
We’ll continue examining this issue in future posts, including examining the concept of an “on duty” meal period.
In the meantime, if you have questions about meal breaks, or other important wage and hour issues, consider speaking with a skilled legal professional to learn more about your rights and your options.