What are my rights regarding breaks and meal periods?

As a non-exempt employee in California, you are entitled to an uninterrupted meal period of at least 30 minutes for a work shift longer than five hours and a 10 minute rest period for every four hours. If your shift is longer than ten hours, you are entitled to a second uninterrupted meal period. You are not entitled to compensation for your meal periods but you are entitled to compensation for your rest periods.

If your employer does not grant you your breaks or meal periods for a work day, s/he must pay you for an additional hour.

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