Seyfarth Shaw (04/12/12) Brandon R. McKelvey; Dana Peterson; Jeffrey A. Berman
The California Supreme Court has ruled in Brinker Restaurant
Corp. v. Superior Court that companies are not obligated to
ensure their employees take legally mandated lunch breaks.
Companies must give their nonexempt workers 30-minute meal
breaks, but do not need to ensure their workers actually stop
working during the breaks. Companies must give a meal break no
later than the end of the fifth hour of work and a second break
no later than the end of the 10th hour of work.