A recent Los Angeles decision (Rodriguez v. E.M.E., Inc.) serves as a reminder that employers are required to provide rest breaks. The court here ruled that rest breaks during an eight-hour shift should fall on either side of the meal break.

Under the current established guidelines set forth by an earlier decision (Brinker), employers must allow employees to take a paid:

  • 10 minutes rest for shifts from three and one-half to six hours in length
  • 20 minutes rest for shifts of more than six hours up to 10 hours
  • 30 minutes rest for shifts of more than 10 hours up to 14 hours

Employers should review their policies and procedures to ensure that their employees are taking their allotted rest breaks.

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