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You replied me a question regarding to employees lunch break.

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You replied me a question regarding to employee's lunch break. And you mentioned there is agreement between employee and employer that allows employer to pay employee regular pay for a on-duty meal. I would like to have one of this kind of agreement for my front desk employee, because we usually have one person at front desk and if he/she take a break, nobody can be his/her back up. Are you willing to compose this agreement for us? how much you charge? here is the link to your answer to my question. For your reference.
Good to hear from you again. Thank you very much for requesting me to answer your queston.

Please understand that here on Just Answer we cannot draft legal documents for you, as that might be construed as "legal advice" which is in violation of the terms of service of this website.

The above noted, I can tell you that a lunch waiver agreement would typically include clauses to the following effect:

- "I understand that under California Labor Law, after a work period of 5 hours, I am entitled to receive an unpaid meal break of not less than 30 minutes during which I am relieved of all duties."

- "I agree to voluntarily waive my 30-minute unpaid meal break only when the nature of my work prevents me from being relieved of all duty."

- "I understand that if the nature of my work does not prevent me from being relieved of all duty, I am required to take an unpaid meal break of at least 30 minutes."

- "I understand that I may revoke this agreement at any time."

Again, please understand that I cannot "draft" documents for you. The clauses above are intended only to be examples of clauses that would typically comprise the sort of agreement you are requesting.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I regret JustAnswer has this kind of policy not allow to establish a client-lawyer relationship. But anyway, I am happy I obtianed what I need, I will make agreement by myself. Thank you very much. Greatly appreciate.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Dear Sir,


One more question: Because we have allowed our front desk employee to do "on-duty meal" when there is no backup person since I took over this hotel, so, can I make this agreement be effective since then? if yes, how do I write this term on agreement? If no, what should I do to avoid my employee file in a claim for past "On-duty Meal"? Thank you very much.


Thank you so much for your reply. Regrettably, an employer cannot make this sort of agreement retroactive. While I wish I could tell you there was some sort of way to eliminate your exposure here, there unfortunately is not. However, if the employee was paid for the work they completed during their meal period and your only failure was to obtain a signed waiver, the "damages" they could potentially claim in this circumstance are quite minimal.

All the best to you moving forward.
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