California Break Rules
10-Minute Break Requirements
Employees must be offered one paid 10-minute rest break for a shift greater than 3.5 hours. (A second break after 6 hours, and a third break after 10 hours)
- Upon Clock-Out, employees affirm that 10-min Break(s) were made available.
- NOTE: Employees are not required to take the break to satisfy the requirement, rather, it must be acknowledged that the break(s) were offered.
- NOTE: An employee must actively uncheck the checkbox to claim a break violation.
- NOTE: Employees do not clock-out for the 10-minute paid break(s).
30-Minute Break Requirements
Employees must take an uninterrupted, 30-minute break for shifts exceeding 5 hours in length. (A second break for shifts exceeding 12 hours).
- Break must begin by the end of the 5th / 10th hour.
- 30-Minute breaks can be unpaid
- Employees must clock-out for 30-minute breaks.
Waiving 30-Minute Breaks
- For shifts less than 6/12 hours, the 30-minute break can be waived by the employee (at clock-out).
- Employers can waive individual or all discretionary 30-minute breaks if employee(s) signatures are on file.