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Thread: Breaks and lunches California

  1. #1
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    Default Breaks and lunches California

    Ok here it is:

    My place of employment is open from 4:30 am till 1:30 a, almost 24 hrs. To be fair with scheduling, we get switched up every month.

    When I worked the mid shift, 8:30 am till 7 pm, I always got my lunch no earlier than 2 pm which is a half hr past the 5 hr mark. More often than not I would get my lunch about 2:40-3:00 range. This irritated me as I get irritable when hungry. I brought it up with management and they said this is our busy hours and we cant lunch everyone.

    Now im working the morning shift, 4:30 am till 3 pm shift. I am now getting my lunch at 7 to 8 am. This is only 2.5 to 3.5 hrs into my shift; which to me is too early. One manager likes to start lunches around 6, 6:30 but he wont ask me because he knows it would be an argument.

    I dont know if its important, but I get an hr lunch.

    So my questions are:
    1) should I take any retroactive actions for getting late lunches past the 5 hr mark?
    2) is it legal for them to lunch me 2.5 hrs into my shift? If so, am I entitled to any paid 10 minute breaks?

  2. #2
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    Join Date
    Jun 2006


    I can give you pointers to the general CA rules for lunch and breaks.

    Past the general rules, there are industry specific regulation called Wage Orders which sometimes create industry specific exceptions.

    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away".
    Philip K. **** (1928-1982)

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    Thanks for urls..

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    Im saying thanks too :-)

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