Labor Laws Breaks

Enforcing Your Legal Right to Breaks and Rest Periods at Work

The California Labor Code requires employers to provide non-exempt employees with a 30-minute, uninterrupted, and off-duty break for every 5 hours of work. They also must provide a 10-minute rest period for every 4 hours of work. Nevertheless, companies in a wide variety of industries continue to look for ways to deny their workers labor laws breaks. Sometimes, companies avoid staffing at adequate levels, which disallows each worker a chance for a break.

Violations of employee break-time rights are common in these occupations:

  • Health care professionals
  • Laboratory technicians
  • IT/computer professionals
  • Private security and armored car personnel
  • Banking and financial workers
  • Managers and supervisors


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If you believe that your right to labor laws breaks has been violated by your current or former employer, the employment law attorneys of Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik are ready to evaluate your situation and advise you about your legal options. Our lawyers represent clients all over California on employment law claims of all kinds. If our investigation shows that your case is typical of similar problems experienced by other employees at your company, we’ll consider the possibility of a class action lawsuit.