California Break and Lunch Law
Did You Get Paid For All The Time You Worked?
An employer must also provide an employee with an unpaid, 30-minute, duty-free meal period for every five hours worked. An employee and an employer can waive this requirement, by mutual consent, only if the shift is less than six hours. If the employee is not relieved of all duty for the full 30 minutes, then the employee must be paid for the time spent actually working, as well as the penalty described below.
In the event an employee is not provided meal and rest periods described herein, then the employer must compensate the employee with one hour of pay at the regular rate of compensation for each such violation (i.e., one meal and/or one rest period violation per day).
Oftentimes, meal and rest period violations occur in combination with other violations of the Labor Code.
Were You Denied Meal And Rest Periods?
If you were not permitted to take meal and rest periods, contact our San Francisco office for a free consultation with an experienced attorney. The lawyers at Le Clerc & Le Clerc LLP have significant expertise representing current and former employees in wage and hour cases.