A Ray of Hope: California Court of Appeal Decides Compliance with Meal Period Obligations Requires an Opportunity, Not a Guarantee


A California Court of Appeal has issued its decision in Brinker Restaurants v. Superior Court, holding that employers only have to provide employees with an opportunity to take a meal period, and not ensure they take it. The court also ruled favorably for employers on meal and rest period timing and denied class certification based on its determinations of what the meal and rest period law requires.

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