Is this lunch time setup legal?

Location California

30 minute paid lunch. 8 hour work period. But not 10 minute breaks.
Is this legal?

Asked on May 4, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, California


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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You can't have an employee work for a period of more than 5 hours without providing an unpaid meal period of at least 30 minutes. The first meal break must be provided no later than the end of the worker's 5th hour of work. Additionally, employers must authorize and permit rest breaks for all non-exempt employees whose total daily work time is at least 3.5 hours. These breaks must be offered at the rate of 10 minutes for every 4 hours of work. If your employer is violating the law, you can file a complaint with the Department of Industrial Relations. 

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