California High Court Clarifies Employer Obligations to Provide Paid Rest Periods and Unpaid Meal Breaks

    View Authors April 2012

    In a decision employers have been anticipating since 2008, the California Supreme Court has clarified key aspects of the state’s laws regarding paid rest periods and unpaid, duty free, meal breaks for non-exempt employees. In Brinker Restaurant Corporation v. Superior Court, the high court examined exactly how many 10-minute paid rest periods non-exempt employees are entitled to under the Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Orders.

    This article looks into the details of the Brinker Restaurant Corporation v. Superior Court case.