Of all the American states, California has become known for having some of the strictest employment laws to protect the employees who work within the state. In addition to the usual minimum wage and overtime regulations, California also has legislation requiring employers to provide all their hourly, non-exempt workers with regular meal and rest breaks throughout the day.
For every four hours an employee spends working in California, she is entitled to one paid, uninterrupted rest break lasting at least ten minutes. For every five hours of work, the employee is entitled to one unpaid, uninterrupted meal break of at least thirty minutes. For every day an employee does not take one of these breaks, for any reason, her employer must pay her one hour’s worth of wages, in addition to all wages, bonuses, and tips earned that day. Continue reading