Does my employer have to give me meal breaks?

California employers must provide meal breaks to non-exempt employees who work a certain number of hours per day. Employees are entitled to a 30-minute meal period after working five hours in a single day.
 
Employees with shifts longer than 10 hours have the right to take a second uninterrupted 30-minute meal break. If the first meal period was not waived, workers might choose to waive the second one if the workday is under 12 hours.
 
Unlike rest breaks, meal periods are unpaid as they do not count among the hours worked. Meal periods must be uninterrupted, which means employees should be relieved of all work duties during that time. California workers are permitted to leave the workplace during their meal periods.

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