California Meal Break & Rest Break Law (2024) – Calculator + Charts

This meal break and rest break calculator will tell you how many meal and/or rest breaks you are entitled to under California labor law. Just enter your shift start and shift end times and the calculator will explain your break rights. IMPORTANT: If you took unpaid meal breaks during your shift, say 30 minutes in total, MAKE SURE TO ENTER “30” IN THE MEAL BREAK INPUT WINDOW. The law considers only time worked on the clock. Meal breaks are usually taken off the clock and must not be included in the calculation.

Inicio de su turno (p. ej., “9:00 am”): Fin de su turno (p. ej., “5:00 p. m.”): Meal breaks (in minutes) (e.g., “30”):

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Introducción

Según la ley de descanso para comer de California (que es mucho más generosa para los empleados que la ley laboral federal), si usted es un trabajador no exento, tiene derecho a un descanso para comer de 30 minutos ininterrumpidos y libre de impuestos si trabaja más de 5 horas. en una jornada laboral. También tiene derecho a descansos ininterrumpidos de 10 minutos libres de impuestos por cada 4 horas que trabaje (o una “fracción importante” de las mismas). Si su jefe no cumple con los requisitos de la ley de descanso, debe pagarle una hora extra de pago regular por cada día en el que se haya producido una infracción del descanso para comer, y otra hora extra de pago regular por cada día en el que se haya realizado un descanso. ocurrió la violación.

Cuadro de la ley de descanso de California

Horas en el relojDescansos
0 – 3:29 horas0
3:30 – 6 horas1
6:01 – 10 horas2
10:01 – 14 horas3
14:01 – 18 horas4
18:01 – 22 horas5

Requisitos de descanso de California

  • Tu jefe debe darte un descanso de al menos 10 minutos consecutivos que sean ininterrumpidos.
  • Se deben pagar los descansos.
  • Si trabaja al menos 3,5 horas al día, tiene derecho a un descanso. Si trabaja más de 6 horas, tiene derecho a una segundo descanso. Si trabaja más de 10 horas, tiene derecho a un tercer descanso.
  • Los descansos deben, en la medida de lo posible, realizarse a mitad de cada período de trabajo. Si trabaja aproximadamente 8 horas, debe tener un descanso separado antes y después de la pausa para comer.
  • Es posible que su jefe no le exija permanecer en las instalaciones de trabajo durante sus descansos.
  • No se le puede exigir que trabaje durante los descansos requeridos. [California. Laboratorio. C.226.7]. PERO, eres libre de saltarte tus descansos siempre que tu jefe no te aliente ni te obligue a hacerlo.

Cuadro de la ley de pausas para comer de California

Horas en el relojDescansos para comer
0 – 5 horas0
5:01 – 10 horas1
10:01 – 15 horas2
15:01 – 20 horas3
20:01 –4

Requisitos de la ley de descanso para comer de California

  • Si trabaja más de 5 horas al día, tiene derecho a una pausa para comer de al menos 30 minutos que debe comenzar antes de finalizar la quinta hora de su turno. PERO, puede acordar con su jefe renunciar a este período de comida siempre que no trabaje más de 6 horas en la jornada laboral. También puedes acordar con tu jefe una pausa para comer durante el servicio que cuenta como tiempo trabajado y es remunerada.
  • Si trabaja más de 10 horas al día, tiene derecho a una segunda pausa para comer de al menos 30 minutos que debe comenzar antes de finalizar la décima hora de su turno. Puede acordar con su jefe renunciar al segundo descanso para comer si no trabaja más de 12 horas y no renunció a su primer descanso para comer.
  • Se le debe permitir tomar su descanso para comer fuera del lugar de trabajo y pasarlo como desee, ya que está fuera del horario laboral.
  • No se le puede exigir que trabaje durante ningún descanso para comer requerido. [California. Laboratorio. C. 512].
  • A partir de 2012, su jefe tiene la obligación afirmativa de garantizar que los descansos estén disponibles para usted, pero la toma real de los descansos para comer queda en manos del empleado. En otras palabras, eres responsable de “romperte” a ti mismo.

Tenga en cuenta que los descansos y los descansos para comer se supone que son separados, no deben combinarse. Su jefe no puede darle un solo descanso de 1 hora y decirle que eso cuenta como todos sus descansos y comidas.

Tenga en cuenta que existen muchas excepciones a lo anterior para determinadas industrias, como la construcción, la atención sanitaria, las viviendas colectivas, el cine, la manufactura y la panificación.

¿Puedo saltarme o renunciar a mis descansos?

Los empleadores están obligados por ley a poner a su disposición períodos oportunos para comer y descansar, pero no están obligados a obligarlo a tomarlos. Eso depende de usted como empleado. Si decide saltarse o renunciar voluntariamente a su comida o descanso, o hacerlo tarde, sin presión ni estímulo por parte del empleador, entonces eso está legalmente permitido. PERO recuerde que, según las leyes laborales de California, los empleadores tienen el derecho de establecer su horario de trabajo, incluido su horario de descanso. Si bien no están obligados a hacerlo, los empleadores tienen derecho a ordenar a los empleados que tomen sus descansos para comer y descansar. Si el empleado no cumple, el empleador tiene derecho a disciplinarlo o despedirlo por insubordinación. Por lo tanto, siempre es una buena idea discutir con su empleador de antemano su intención de saltarse o renunciar a cualquier descanso para comer o descansar, o tomarlos tarde.

¿Puedo demandar a mi empleador por violar la ley de pausas para comer y descansar de California?

Sí, puedes y deberías. Si su empleador le niega descansos y comidas, tendrá derecho a recibir una multa de 1 hora de salario por día en que se le negaron los descansos, y una multa adicional de 1 hora de salario por día en que se le negaron los descansos para comer ( con una pena máxima de hasta 2 horas de salario por día). Podemos ayudarle a presentar una Queja de la junta laboral de California. Llámanos al (213) 992-3299. Tenga en cuenta que sus reclamaciones están sujetas a plazos de presentación estrictos. Para las infracciones de las pausas para comer y descansar, el plazo de presentación generalmente se considera de 3 años gracias a una decisión reciente de la Corte Suprema de California. [Murphy contra Kenneth Cole Producciones, 40 Cal.4th 1094 (2007)], pero en ciertos casos podría aplicarse un plazo de presentación de 1 año.

Soy un trabajador asalariado exento, ¿aún puedo demandar a mi empleador?

La respuesta correcta es “depende”. Existen muchos tipos de exenciones según las leyes laborales de California. Si es supervisor, puede estar sujeto a la exención de supervisor, también conocida como exención ejecutiva. Pero esa exención tiene muchos requisitos que su empleador puede haber incumplido. Además, otros tipos de empleados exentos todavía tienen derecho a pausas para comer y descansar. Por ejemplo, los conductores de camiones suelen considerarse exentos. Sin embargo, según las leyes laborales de California, aún deben recibir sus pausas para comer y descansar. Otro ejemplo son los “vendedores internos” que venden productos o servicios mientras se encuentran físicamente en la oficina del empleador. Aunque normalmente se los considera “exentos”, todavía tienen derecho a pausas para comer y descansar. Nuevamente consulte a un abogado para ver si su situación califica para descansos.

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Comentarios sobre 3,377

  1. Sarita Bautista en agosto 6, 2017 en 2:00 pm

    I was a former employee at Butger King. I work 8 hour shifts 11-7:30 and they would give me my lunch after 6 hour and on a accation didn’t even receive my last break due to my supervisor wanted to take her lunch then give me a 10 min break. Is there violations I can file live in California

  2. Bg en agosto 5, 2017 en 2:01 pm

    My boss wants me to take my first ten minute break as soon as my shift starts,…can she do that?

  3. Wendy en agosto 5, 2017 en 11:18 am

    I worked for a trade school and teach two shift 5hours morning and 5 hours in the evening given me 10hours a day Monday thru thursday. Do I have to clock in/out for lunch if I am hourly rate. Does the employer should paid me overtime because is more than an 8hours a day eventhough is only 40hours a week.

  4. Elaine Munoz en agosto 5, 2017 en 6:38 am

    I work 8 hours straight with out break . My boss pays me for the whole 8 hrs. Should I be getting paid an extra hour?

  5. Casimir en agosto 4, 2017 en 8:11 am

    Does this mean we have to take our 30minute break at the 5 hour mark, if working a 10 hour day… or can we take it at say 5.5 or 6 hrs or even 7hrs into the work day???

  6. Elizabeth en agosto 4, 2017 en 5:34 am

    We start at 9am and my manager wants us to take our lunch break at 12pm, 3 hours into our shift. Can she do that? Is there a certain amount of hours you have to work before taking a lunch break?

  7. Lily Ellis en agosto 3, 2017 en 6:13 pm

    I work in a manufacturing company. We are non exempt employees. We are now subject to clock in and out for lunch to show we have complied with the “end of the 5th hr lunch break”. It has created great hardship for us to continuously remembering exact time to clock in and out for lunch. We have been threatened that we will be written up if we go under the 30 min lunch as they have to pay us a “premium lunch fee”. All this is not required by our floor unionized employees.Their collective bargaining agreement allows them to have lunch without the clock in and clock out proof.
    Question: Is there a way we can enter a simple agreement as a non union non exempt staff to not have to do this clock in/out arrangement provided we agree to take lunch at the appropriate time break?

    • Eugene Lee en agosto 3, 2017 en 11:39 pm

      Most IWC wage orders require the employer to maintain accurate, contemporaneous meal punch in and out time records. The fact that your employer has instituted the measures you mentioned actually suggests they are trying hard to comply with their obligations under California labor law. Maybe you all could look into a more convenient clock in/out system. But the clock in requirement isn’t unreasonable.

  8. Dundler mifflen en agosto 2, 2017 en 2:23 pm

    I run my own company, a paper company, and I’m working 16 hours a day. I am not getting any breaks at the office and I’m only getting one 31 minute lunch. Is this legal? Can I start a lawsuit ?

  9. Justin en agosto 1, 2017 en 2:16 pm

    My employer in california just had a meeting with us stating that we are now required to take a second lunch if we work past 8 hours, I had the understanding it was after 10 hours can they do this?

    • Eugene Lee en agosto 3, 2017 en 11:41 pm

      The law requires them to provide you with a second 30-minute lunch if your shift will be over 10 hours. However, I’m not aware of anything that prevents them from giving you the second 30-minute lunch if you work over 8 hours. If you are forced to go on breaks/lunches that exceed 1 hour, that could give rise to a split shift violation.

  10. Kay en agosto 1, 2017 en 11:44 am

    I work at a gas station ( was full time but now they hired another guy – in the only girl- they have the new guy my full time schedule and now I only work 3 days a week) We don’t get any breaks. Every shift is 8 hours. Of you need to go to the bathroom you have to lock the front doors and run to the bathroom. If you smoke you can go outside and smoke a cigarette in between customers, if a customer comes then you have to go back inside and help the customers. We don’t get any kind of lunch break and are not allowed to eat behind the counter so you have to eat in the back room but your not allowed to be in the back room for more than 30 seconds at a time because you can’t see if customers came in while in the back room. We get paid for 8 hours a day.

  11. Sh ly en julio 31, 2017 en 3:37 pm

    If I work 4.5 hours and take a 30 minute break one day( unpaid) do I still get my 10 or 15 minute paid break? Are certian position entilted to more break time?

    • Eugene Lee en agosto 3, 2017 en 11:43 pm

      If you work 4.5 hours, you are entitled to one 10-minute paid rest break. The employer can permit you to take a 30-minute lunch if they want, but they’re not required to under law. The obligation to provide you with a 30-minute lunch kicks in if your shift is over 5 hours.

  12. David mmm en julio 30, 2017 en 9:01 pm

    I have given my employer a doctors note requireimg me to take a 15 min brwak every 2 hrs and they said i have to clock out it is not paid for , arw they correct

    • Eugene Lee en agosto 3, 2017 en 11:44 pm

      That might constitute disability discrimination, if you need the constant breaks due to a type of disability. You should consult with a disability discrimination lawyer.

  13. Pat en julio 30, 2017 en 2:46 pm

    I work at Dominos in California. On an 8 hour shift we will get a 30 minute unpaid lunch but no paid breaks. Is this legal?

    • Eugene Lee en agosto 3, 2017 en 11:45 pm

      On an 8 hour shift, you are supposed to receive two 10-minute paid rest breaks, and one unpaid 30-minute meal break.

  14. AC en julio 29, 2017 en 5:57 pm

    In regards to the compensation, I worked an 11 hour shift with no breaks and I read that I am to be compensated for every missed break (meal or rest). So for working 11 hours, should I have been paid as if I worked 15 hours or 12 hours?

  15. Casey en julio 27, 2017 en 3:01 pm

    So 30 minutes is the minimum lunch you can take. My employer is threatening to write us up if we go over 30 minutes on our unpaid lunch even though we are clocked out the entire lunch. They are “encouraging” everyone to bring there lunch and basically not allowing us to eat out. Is this legal?

    • Justis en julio 29, 2017 en 6:38 pm

      Yes, an employer is allowed to write you up if you are any form of late. Even when clocked out.

    • Eugene Lee en agosto 3, 2017 en 11:47 pm

      They can’t “encourage” you to bring your lunch to work and eat on the premises. You must be allowed to go out if you wish during your lunch break. However, the employer has the right to limit your meal break to 30-minutes.

  16. Janelle en julio 26, 2017 en 11:42 pm

    My husband works for a casino and their break periods seem a little off. His manager informed him within the first hour of his shift to take a lunch break. Is there a rule as to how early one is required to take a lunch break?

    • candy en agosto 2, 2017 en 12:23 pm

      it should be halfway thru the shift

    • Elizabeth en agosto 4, 2017 en 5:47 am

      I want to know the same!!

  17. Ryan en julio 25, 2017 en 11:25 am

    If I work 16 hrs I am entitled to 3 lunches correct

  18. Brenda en julio 24, 2017 en 9:22 am

    I work 10 hour days and sometimes have to take my lunch in the first 2 or 3 hours leaving me to work 6 or 7 hours on the back end of my shift why isn’t this considered overtime

  19. John en julio 22, 2017 en 8:01 pm

    As of June 2017 my employer is notifying us that “by California law” we must take a lunch with in 5 hours of my start time. In the past my employer and I have agreed that I take my lunch about 6 1/2 hours in to my shift to pick up my son from school. Is this how it works, or can I still do a late lunch if we both agree?

    • Aprilmarie en agosto 2, 2017 en 8:45 am

      You have to take that lunch break before the end of your 5th hour per California law. If NOT the employee can be sanctioned to pay you an additional hour of regular pay. There’s Nothing you or they can do about it. Sorry. Gonna have to find another way around it. Maybe change the shift to START later…..

  20. Kw en julio 22, 2017 en 2:42 pm

    I work 5 hours to 5 hours and 45 minutes a day and I have never been given a break. I have never received an employee handbook (even though I have asked for one repeatedly). I have been working for this company for almost a year.

  21. Carol Buckley en julio 22, 2017 en 8:45 am

    “Your boss may require you to remain on work premises during your rest break.” Is this still true after the recent California Supreme Court decision?

    • Eugene Lee en julio 22, 2017 en 8:57 am

      I think you’re referring to Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc. That decision said rest breaks in California must be duty-free: “state law prohibits on-duty and on-call rest periods [ . . .] employers must relieve their employees of all duties and relinquish any control over how employees spend their break time”. So work must not intrude on a rest break. However, the court clarified: “Because rest periods are 10 minutes in length (Wage Order 4, subd. 12(A)), they impose practical limitations on an employee’s movement. That is, during a rest period an employee generally can travel at most five minutes from a work post before returning to make it back on time. Thus, one would expect that employees will ordinarily have to remain on site or nearby. This constraint, which is of course common to all rest periods, is not sufficient to establish employer control.” The court confusingly also mentions that an employee should be allowed to take a walk of 5 minutes out and back during their rest breaks and that being on call would prevent that. I’m not sure what to make of that. So I think to a certain extent you are right. Thanks for pointing this out.

      I think the definitive rule on this issue for now will remain the interpretation set out by the California labor board:
      “Q. Can my employer require that I stay on the work premises during my rest period? A. Yes, your employer can require that you stay on the premises during your rest break. Since you are being compensated for the time during your rest period, your employer can require that you remain on its premises. And under most situations, the employer is required to provide suitable resting facilities that shall be available for employees during working hours in an area separate from the toilet rooms.” While the supreme court is not bound by the labor board’s interpretations, the court definitely gives them weight.

  22. Anon en julio 19, 2017 en 6:55 am

    I work at a company that hands out fliers. We’re required to meet by 545 am sharp to retrieve maps for the day. We then drive over to the neighborhood assigned and pass out the flyers. We walk until noon at which point we’re required to meet our “manager” at another location which takes about 15-20 minutes to drive to. My last few pay stubs have shown pay for work from 6 am to 12 and nothing before or after. Would this break the law, if so what rights do I have?

    • Anon en julio 19, 2017 en 7:05 am

      Also forgot to mention the main reason I was on this website, were only given one 10 minute break throughout our shift. No meal and if we decide we want to take that 30 minute meal we forfeit that days “bonus”

      • Keith en julio 19, 2017 en 1:25 pm

        Hola,

        It depends on which State you are located in. So, my first question: Which State are you in?

        • Anon en julio 20, 2017 en 5:40 am

          I’m in California. My mistake I though this was solely for california.

  23. Don greer en julio 16, 2017 en 4:52 pm

    I drive a cement mixer I pulled over to get something to eat 10 minutes and get written up for making a unauthorised stop I told them I took my break they say I have to get permission I am not found anything that says That I have to notify them when I pull over for my break

  24. Maria correa en julio 13, 2017 en 1:41 pm

    Hi I work 7 hours a day and I have worked for more then 10yrs in this sea food restaurant and they never give me any lunch or break for the past 10yrs I have worked for them what are my rights ?
    Gracias

    • Eugene Lee en julio 13, 2017 en 1:46 pm

      If you work 7 hours per shift, you are supposed to be permitted to take a 30-min uninterrupted unpaid meal/lunch break where you can go where you want and do what you want. You are also supposed to receive two 10-minute uninterrupted paid rest breaks, although the employer can require you to remain on site. If you signed a meal break waiver or an on-duty meal break consent, that could change things. However, meal break waivers do not apply when the shift is over 6 hours. However, it is important to keep in mind that taking a break is your responsibility, not your employers. Employers must not discourage or prevent you from breaking yourself, though. If you’re not able to take breaks because it is too busy, it is up to you to bring it up to your employer and make them aware so they can remedy your situation.

      • Maria correa en julio 13, 2017 en 5:03 pm

        I have never taken a lunch and if I’m hungry I have to be eating standing up while working at the same time. Can I sue my work ? And I work in California

      • Matt en julio 18, 2017 en 11:05 am

        I work 7.5 hours a day, does that mean I get two 10 min rest periods and also a 30 min lunch? Thanks!

  25. Luar en julio 13, 2017 en 5:22 am

    Hello, I work at a manufacturing warehouse in California. I work full time, 8 hour days 5 days a week. Our boss only gives us a one 30 minute break in the middle of our shift after 4 hours. We do not punch out or anything and we get paid our full 8 hours as if we never clocked out for lunch. It seems to me that he just combined 2 15 minute breaks to do this. This to me and many employees where I work seems unfair. No one is really sure on what the law for breaks is so I thought I’d ask here, I would really appreciate some knowledge on the subject and what the law is regarding breaks for someone who works the time that I do. Thank you!

  26. Susan Ackley en julio 11, 2017 en 2:45 pm

    Working in a care facility for elderly. Never given ten minute breaks working here for five months.
    Work nine hours the extra hour is for two thirty minute breaks on my dime. Not paid but forded to take the time. I know this is not legal! I received no breaks paid by this company.

  27. John en julio 8, 2017 en 12:49 pm

    During the busy season which is picking cotton we work 16 to 17 hours a day 6am-10 or 11pm sometimes. We get one 30 minute lunch at 12 and two breaks at 9am and 3pm. Then at 6pm they bring us dinner but we get no lunch and no other breaks after the 3pm one. It’s been going in for years and years Is this legal just cus they bring us food we don’t get another lunch or break?

  28. Haley en julio 7, 2017 en 11:57 pm

    I just worked a 6 hour shift and I didn’t get a break or a lunch break (30 min break?). Generally work 4-5 hour shifts because I’m under 18. My manager has told me that he will tell me when I can take a break or whatever but he hadn’t told me to take a break or anything during my 6 hour shift. What should I do?

    • Crystal en julio 13, 2017 en 12:05 pm

      Notify them that they are in violation and if it happens again complain to the department of labor.

      • Eugene Lee en julio 13, 2017 en 1:46 pm

        Yes, and make sure to do it all in writing, so there’s a written record to protect yourself.

    • Unknown en julio 18, 2017 en 5:37 am

      Next time you work, don’t wait for your manager or an employer to tell to to take your break. Once you know you’ve worked for 4 hours or more, let them know you’re going to take your break.

  29. a en julio 5, 2017 en 6:01 pm

    if i’m working 5 hours can i be forced to take an unpaid 30 minute break?

  30. Alice en junio 30, 2017 en 9:11 pm

    Ask your employer.

  31. S en junio 30, 2017 en 12:51 am

    I work graveyard shift( 9 pm to 7am) 4 shifts per week. I am the only person on premises for all but tge first and last hour of each shift and I am caring for anywhere from 12 to 70 or more dogs so I am requured to stay onsite for my entire shift. I get an hour meal break and 10 min rest breaks e very few hours . I rarely take the rest breaks which are paid but wondering, should my meal breal also be paid since Im not allowed to go offsite at all for any reason during my shift?

    • Jon en julio 5, 2017 en 4:54 pm

      Yes you’re meal breaks should be paid if you have to stay on premises aka you have to work still. Slightly. Talk to your employer. You are required by law to be able to leave the premises on an unpaid lunch break.

  32. miranda schemel en junio 29, 2017 en 8:52 pm

    I work usually from 3 to 10 sometimes a tad bit later no its only 2 employees closing not if we get busy and im unable to take a break is the owner allowed to stilll deduct the time from my check

    • Jon en julio 5, 2017 en 4:55 pm

      Owner is not allowed to deduct that time out if you didn’t take it. Sounds like they cut corners to save money. Talk to a lawyer.

  33. David en junio 27, 2017 en 9:03 am

    I just accepted a temp assignment and I’m researching this right now… it appears that the question of whether an employer is mandated to offer a Meal Period as well as paid Rest Periods may not have been litigated.

    Clearly, there are regulations for each, but I’m unable to find case law or a regulation that mandates that an employer SHALL offer both (crazy right?) Clearly, a departure from the general rule. Needless to say, pick a different ASAP as that is complete B.S.!

  34. Alvaro en junio 27, 2017 en 4:11 am

    I am currently working 5hours straight, with one hour break and work 3hours after. I didn’t waive my break time, nor was I aware that I had a break allowed in the morning. Am I allowed to have a 30min paid lunch still?

  35. Genovia en junio 26, 2017 en 11:21 am

    I work 11p-730am. I hold the charge phone. I am the ONLY nurse on duty in my department therefore I hold the phone through all breaks and lunches. I asked if I could leave at 7 in lieu of my lunch and they said I could clock out early but I have to clock out for lunch by 3am. Again, I have no one to give the phone to.

  36. Alex en junio 24, 2017 en 7:48 pm

    I know that you must take your lunch before your 5th hour, but is there any guidance on how soon you can take your 30 minute meal break?

  37. Allen joe en junio 24, 2017 en 3:52 pm

    I work a labor job only 6 hours a day but its consist work I mean literally non-stop with the 2 managers on everyone’s asses.(car-detailing)

    In a 6 hour shift they tell me 10mins but it takes atleast 5 mins to walk to and from the breakroom so I just take 15 mins.

    I never signed or agreed to waive my 30min lunch. So if I were to say take it to court would I qualify for that extra one hour pay for each day or no?

  38. JoAnn Lewy en junio 24, 2017 en 8:43 am

    I work 11am to 3pm a 4 hour shift. Do I get a 10 minute break and can I take it at any time?

  39. Jake en junio 23, 2017 en 12:16 am

    I work from 9 to 5 but I’m paid from 8 to 5. I get a one hour lunch after being there for 4 hours. Am I also entitled to 2 10 minute breaks? I work in an office

  40. Kassidy Forsythe en junio 22, 2017 en 6:29 pm

    My employer forces us to clock in then clock out 1 minute later for a 30 minute lunch every day at the beg of our shifts. My shifts are always 6 hours (union mandated). Is there any way to voluntarily NOT take a meal break? I feel like theyre basically forcing me to work without pay 30 min every day since i am required to be HERE but not earning any money.

  41. Sid en junio 22, 2017 en 6:26 pm

    My employer forces us to clock in then clock out 1 minute later for a 30 minute lunch every day at the beg of our shifts. My shifts are always 6 hours (union mandated). Is there any way to voluntarily NOT take a meal break? I feel like theyre basically forcing me to work without pay 30 min every day since i am required to be HERE but not earning any money.

    • Mary en julio 7, 2017 en 12:15 pm

      I would really like to know this. My understanding was there is no California penalty for the meal break if the employee and employer agree no lunch will be taken as long as the employees work fewer than 6 hours (5 hours and 59 minutes being the cut off)

  42. Omar Puente en junio 22, 2017 en 1:07 pm

    My wife’s job b they where told that they couldn’t go out and buy food anymore that they need the employees to be near just in case they need them… isn’t your lunch break your personal time? As long as you’re not doing anything illegal…

    • ST en junio 25, 2017 en 1:44 pm

      Not if it’s a Paid Meal. Anything paid, you aren’t required to work, but can be mandated to not leave the premises.

  43. TT en junio 22, 2017 en 10:12 am

    I work 8 hours a day and get only an hour lunch break. Is this okay? My boss said the 2 ten minute breaks already included in the lunch break.

    • Jake Bern en junio 22, 2017 en 12:46 pm

      You work 8 hours a day and ONLY get 1 hour of break? How much more time do you need to eat?

    • kayla moore en julio 8, 2017 en 1:02 pm

      Technically with an 8 hour shift you’re only entitled to 30 minutes, which is what most people get. Be grateful.

  44. Icelz en junio 21, 2017 en 4:19 pm

    Hi
    Are the employers supposed to paid for the 30 minuteso lunches break or just the 10 minute break

    • Eugene Lee en junio 21, 2017 en 6:50 pm

      Just the 10 minute rest breaks

      • Judy en julio 18, 2017 en 9:54 am

        If an employee declines the paid rest breaks and continues to work, does he get additional pay for the breaks in addition to his hourly wage?

  45. jamie en junio 21, 2017 en 12:18 pm

    What happens If you file against a job who is only giving you a 30 minute lunch break for 8 hours of work? I have never had a 10 min break and neither have my colleagues.

  46. Dwight Albert en junio 19, 2017 en 4:18 pm

    I work from 6am to 230pm and I take my lunch break at 11:15-11:45. Is this a violation? That’s after the 5th hour.

  47. Robert Martinez en junio 19, 2017 en 12:24 pm

    At our job people are getting lunch breaks 8 hours into the shift is that a violation ? Example the clock in at 6:30 pm and they take lunch at 2:30 am

    • Eugene Lee en junio 19, 2017 en 12:27 pm

      the lunch must start no later than the end of the 5th hour into the shift

      • Robert Martinez en junio 20, 2017 en 1:25 pm

        So if that doesn’t happen are we owed monies ?

      • Larry en junio 27, 2017 en 8:25 am

        If you start at 7:30am the latest they can give lunch would be when? 12:30pm or 1:30pm?

  48. David en junio 18, 2017 en 5:15 pm

    I work 7 and half hours i get an hour lunch and 2 ten min breaks is that accurate

    • Eugene Lee en junio 18, 2017 en 7:38 pm

      I think you are getting the legally correct number of meal and rest breaks.

  49. Gary R Williams en junio 18, 2017 en 11:08 am

    I work 8 hours a day for the last 9 years in the same place and very rarely get a break. Albeit I’m usually the only one on site. Am I still entitled to breaks or no? I get them every now and then. I only took up smoking so that I could stand outside for a minute, but even when I do that, I’m right back in dealing with customers. What are my rights on this?

    • Eugene Lee en junio 18, 2017 en 7:40 pm

      If you work 8 hours a day, you should be getting one 30-minute meal break and two 10-minute rest breaks. There are some exceptions, but most employees in most workplaces should be getting this.

      • Wade y en junio 22, 2017 en 8:07 am

        If you work just under 8 hours are you still entitled to a second 10 minute break?

        • Eugene Lee en junio 22, 2017 en 8:28 am

          Yes, as long as you work over 6 hours, you are entitled to a second 10-minute rest break.

  50. Enrique Rodríguez en junio 15, 2017 en 2:01 pm

    I work 8 hours days and get only 1 30 min break is that ok or are they suppose to give me more breaks sometimes 9 or 10 hoyrs and still get only 1 break

    • JC en junio 16, 2017 en 11:39 pm

      You should get a 10 minute paid break for every 4 hours work. In this case, 2 10 minute breaks.

      • Eugene Lee en junio 18, 2017 en 7:41 pm

        JC is correct. If you work over 10 hours, you should get a THIRD 10-minute rest break.

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