California Employment Law
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Labor Code 512 governs employee meal periods. That section states in relevant part:"(a) An employer may not employ an employee for a work period of more than five hours per day without providing the employee with a meal period of not less than 30 minutes, except that if the total work period per day of the employee is no more than six hours, the meal period may be waived by mutual consent of both the employer and employee."
This code section makes it clear that an employer HAS to provide a meal period if the employee's shift is longer than 6 hours.
It doesn't even matter if the employee waives the meal period, the employer can still be sued for failing to provide it.
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