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  • CA-Labor Law Lunches Security Officers

    I know this topic has been brought up numerous times but I have a little twist to the California Labor Law's regarding lunches. We provide contract uniformed security officers for clients in California. Typically, our officers work a straight 8 hour shift, getting their two 15 minute breaks and 30 minute paid lunch. We justify this by stating that they are on-call while on break. We are not under any collective bargaining agreement, either.

    We have come across the issue of a client requesting that the officers work 8 1/2 hours a day in order to make up for the 30 minute "unpaid" lunch because that is what our client's employees are required to work.

    The issue is really specific to the security/law enforcement industry. California law requires that the employee must be "fully relieved of all duties". In our industry that is difficult to prove either way because the officers are always in uniform and sometime carry radios or cell phones. My thoughts are that the client is probably right but I am looking for something to back my officers so they don't get the short end of the California Labor Law.

    Any history on this topic specific to the security/law enforcement industry would be greatly appreciated.

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