Meal Breaks Pay Laws In California
Under California law employers are required to provide employees with at least a 30 minute meal break if they work in excess of five hours in a day and if they work more than 10 hours in one day then they are entitled to a second meal period of at least 30 minutes. During this meal break an employee cannot be performing any duties of work and must be permitted to leave the premises, otherwise the meal period time counts at time worked.
If an employer fails to give an employee the appropriate meal break under the law, an employee may be entitled to recover one additional hour of pay at the employee’s regular rate of pay for each workday where a meal break was not provided. However, there are some exceptions to this rule regarding meal breaks.
The statue of limitations under the Federal Fair Labor and Standards Act is two years, but it is extended to three years for “willful” violations. The statute of limitations for wage claims under California law is generally four years from the time the compensation was due.
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