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  • One hour lunch or half an hour? California

    I am a hourly full time employee.

    My question is do I have to take an hour lunch if I work any where form six to eight hours a day?

    I was tooled that by law I have to take an hour lunch regardless if I work nine hours a day. Is this true? I was under the impression that if you work eight and a half hours you only need to take half an hour lunch but if you work nine hours a day you do need to take an hour lunch correct?

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    CA law does not require one hour lunch breaks, but it is legal for the employer to require one hour lunch breaks.

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


    • #3
      Which is exactly what I told you the first time you asked this question.

      It doesn't matter how many times you ask the question. There is nothing in the law that is going to allow you to take only a half hour lunch if your boss wants you to take an hour lunch. When you are the boss, you can decide how long a lunch to take. Until then, if your boss tells you to take an hour, you take an hour.
      The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.


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