Meal and rest break violations worth two hours’ extra pay per day
In February, I wrote an alert about UPS v. Superior Court, one more episode in the continuing saga of UPS’s wage and hour practices. The case was subsequently reheard by the court of appeal, and the opinion after rehearing reached the same conclusion — employees who miss both a meal and a rest break in a single day are entitled to two hours of compensatory pay at the employee’s regular rate.
Employers, beware. Even better, make sure your payroll software is adding these additional hours automatically for employees who aren’t taking their breaks. Best of all, make sure your hourly employees are taking the breaks they are entitled to, and document it.
Employees, if you’re not getting your breaks, you’re probably due some money. Check into it.