Under California law, employers must provide their employees half-hour duty-free meal periods and paid rest periods.
California employers routinely violate employee’s rights to meal and periods. The most common violations occur in the restaurant and trucking industries. But, no industry is spared. If an employer can cheat an employee out of their meal and rest period time, the employer makes more money. Most employers have meal and rest period “policies” that “require” meal and rest periods. But, in reality they push so much work onto their employees that there is simply no time for meal and rest periods. If an employee stops work to take a break, they are subject to discipline for not keeping up with the work. An experienced employment law attorney can stop an employer in their tracks.