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California laws are very clear about rest periods and meal breaks. Employees are entitled to meal breaks and periodic rest breaks during their workday.


If you work at least 6-hours in a given shift, your employer must provide you a 30-minute meal break "no later than 5 hours into your shift". If you work 10-hours in a given shift, you are entitled to a second 30-minute meal break. Meal breaks can be an unpaid break if you are permitted to have an uninterrupted 30-minute duty-free period of time which you are at liberty to come and go as you please and have no employee responsibilities,


If you work at least 4-hours in a given shift then you are entitled to a 10-minute paid rest break. If you work 8-hours or more then you are entitled to a second rest break, plus a meal break. 


Your employer may be required to pay you for your meal breaks if you are:

  • required to work through your meal breaks
  • on duty, on call, or on standby during any of your breaks
  • required to stay on-site during your meal breaks


If you find yourself in a situation where you believe you are not being provided the breaks you're entitled to, then please contact our experienced employment law attorneys.

In addition to representing employees in Santa Ana, CA, our attorneys represent clients all over California including the following counties: Ventura, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, and Los Angeles, CA. To schedule a free, no obligation consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, contact us 24 hours a day.

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