CA Meal Periods


Meal periods are a must in CA.  These two charts* clarify when the meal periods should be provided.  If the total hours worked for the day are no greater than 6 hours, then an employee can waive the 1st  meal period.  If total worked hours for the day are greater than 6 hours, the 1st meal period cannot be waived - a 30 min meal period must be provided no later than the end of the 5th hour.  

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* The charts above are from the 2017 Cal Chambers Labor Law Digest