If you are within the jurisdiction of the California law, the measure available to ensure savings on cost is acceptable, though it is tough on individual employees. Most employers while trying to save cost tend to institute policies that are figuratively more like daylight robbery on the rights and wages of their employees. This leads the employees to make online inquiries such as – California break laws what must my employer provide? It is quite unfortunate that majority of employees are unaware of their rights under the California law.
Mandatory Meal Breaks
There are certain breaks that are set forth under the California law, which must be provided to non-relieved employees. For example, non-relieved employees engaged in work for over five hours, a half-an-hour meal period must be observed during the shift. If on the other hand, they work for over 10 hours, the employees under the jurisdiction of the California are meant to observe two breaks, each slated for half-an-hour.
The employees during the meal breaks are expected to be completely off any duties, the employees on hourly shifts are expected to clock out. The employers are demanded by California law to provide their employers these breaks, it is left to the employee to relinquish the meal breaks while on shifts less than six hours.
Mandatory rest Breaks
California law also demands that the employer provides regular rest breaks for non-relieves employees, similar to meal breaks. An employer is entitled to a 10 minutes rest break after working for four hours. It is the choice of the employee to relinquish these rest breaks but the employer does not have the right to compel the employers to work without rest breaks.
The rest break should be provided within the 4-hours work period. Similar to meal breaks, any employee denied their rights are entitled to have 1-hour of pay added to their regular wage for the day or days they were denied their rights. The only difference with meal breaks and rest breaks is that the rest breaks are calculated with the regular working hours because the employees are to remain within the employer’s grounds.