Are there any exceptions to California’s meal and rest break rules?
As California employers know, employees in California are entitled to a 30-minute off-duty unpaid meal break for shifts greater than five hours, and a second 30-minute meal break for shifts over 10 hours.
In addition, employees are entitled to a 10-minute off-duty paid rest break for every four hours worked or major fraction thereof.
Although California’s meal and rest break requirements apply to the vast majority of employees working in California, there are some limited exceptions to those requirements.
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