Blog

Employers Do Not Need To Ensure Meal Periods


In Brinker v. Superior Court, the Court analyzed what California Labor Code § 512 means when it requires an employer to “provide” meal periods to its non-exempt employees. (California Labor Code § 512 requires that an employer “provide” an employee with a meal period if the employee works five (5) hours or more.)

For years, the California DLSE and courts have interpreted the term “provide” to mean employers must require employees to take their mandatory meal periods or be liable to the employee for one extra hour of pay.

It would be a mistake to immediately change any policies you have in place regarding meal breaks; the decision will almost certainly be appealed to higher courts.

Recent Posts

See All

9 Ways to Lead the Return To “Normal”

Things are starting to stabilize. Things appear to be getting better. The curve, for now, appears to be flattening. But make no mistake: The anxiety people have is manifest 24/7. They’re worried about

How Smart Companies Streamline Their HR

For the past twenty years, we’ve helped more than 250 businesses and organizations with Human Resources. We’ve learned a thing or two about what works and what doesn’t. Regardless of company size, wha

Keep Your Best Employees By Asking These Questions

A very wise man once said if you ask enough “stay interviews”, you’ll be doing a lot less “exit interviews”. I have seen very few businesses that can’t benefit from more frequent and quality interacti