How long into an 8 hour shift do I have to take a lunch?

I live in CA.

Asked on July 23, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, California


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

An employee cannot for a work period of more than 5 hours without being provided an unpaid, off-duty meal period of at least 30 minutes. This meal break must be provided no later than the end of the employee's 5th hour of work. When a work period of not more than 6 hours will complete the day's work, the meal period may be waived by consent of both the employer and the employee.

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