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Salaried employees and lunch breaks California

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  • Salaried employees and lunch breaks California

    Can a salaried employee be required to pay immediate attention to a work issue while they are on lunch or break?

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    Anyone, salaried or hourly, exempt or non-exempt can be asked to work during the lunch break or other break. The employee can refuse at the risk of being fired. There will certainly be costs involved for hourly, non-exempt employees since the time becomes work time (if it is an unpaid lunch break) and not break time. Whether there are other costs to the employer for failing to provide mandatory lunch break in the few states that require it will depend upon the state laws.
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