Does an employer have to give me rest breaks?
While federal law does not require employers to provide workers with meal and rest breaks, California is one of the states that does require employers to provide these breaks and for workers to be paid for some of them.
Meal Breaks: Employers in California are required to offer 30-minute meal breaks after a worker has worked five hours in a workday. Meal breaks are unpaid, and a worker can waive their right to the break in writing. If an employee works for 10 hours, they are entitled to a second 30-minute meal break, but may only waive their right to it if their workday is under 12 hours. If the nature of an employee’s work prevents them from taking a break from all duties, an employer must provide an on-duty paid meal period. Otherwise, an employee must be relieved of all duties during the meal period.
Rest Breaks: California law also requires employers to provide 10-minute rest breaks. These breaks are paid, and employers must allow workers to take one for every four hours of work. Therefore, an employee working a standard 8 hours shift is entitled to two rest breaks and one meal period. Breaks are not required for workers whose total time worked amounts to less than 3 ½ hours.
Other Employment Law FAQs:
- According to the rules for overtime pay in California, how long do I have to file an overtime pay claim?
- Am I entitled to overtime pay?
- Are there any restrictions on what an employer can ask me during a job interview?
- Can employers assign work based on employees’ ages?
- Can I get fired for reporting sexual harassment to my employer?
- Can my employer ask about my age?
- Can my employer legitimately deduct anything from my paycheck?
- Can temps file discrimination lawsuits?
- Does an employer have to give me rest breaks?
- How and when do you file an unlawful retaliation lawsuit?
- How do I recognize on-the-job discrimination?
- How is illegal retaliation defined?
- How to Report Sexual Harassment at Work?
- I am scared to report sexual harassment because I fear that I will be retaliated against by my employer. What should I do?
- Is my employer responsible if I am sexually harassed at a company-sponsored event outside of working hours?
- My employer does not pay mileage reimbursement when I use my own car for company business. What is the California law on mileage reimbursement?
- My employer does not pay overtime pay. What is the California law on overtime pay? Am I supposed to receive overtime on my commission also?
- My employer yelled and cursed at me. Can I sue him or her for harassment?
- What are my rights regarding breaks and meal periods?
- What are the federal and state laws and regulations which provide legal protections for employees?
- What are the time limits for filing a sexual harassment claim?
- What can I do if I see my co-worker being sexually harassed? Can I file a suit against it?
- What is age discrimination? What are some examples of age discrimination?
- What is an “at will” work state?
- What is overtime in California? Does an employer have to pay me overtime and how much should they pay me?
- What is the California law for vacation pay? My employer does not want to pay me for unused vacation pay when I quit or was terminated.
- What proof of discrimination at work do I need to include in a discrimination complaint?
- What qualifies as discrimination?
- What qualifies as sexual harassment at work?
- What should I do if I was sexually harassed?