CJAC: Civil Justice Association of California

Senate Bill 807

The Civil Justice Association of California supports Senate Bill 807 (Benoit), a bill that clarifies the law regarding meal and rest periods. It will benefit employers and employees alike by reducing litigation in this area.

Currently court interpretations of Labor Code Section 512 are spawning lawsuits because employers are uncertain how to comply.

Some interpretations can be read as requiring an employer to discipline an employee for skipping a meal or rest period, or for taking it at an "illegal" time. In worst-case scenarios, employers have been forced to fire a hard-working employee for repeatedly failing to stop all work during the break time.

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