Employers not liable if workers skip breaks, court rules

The state Supreme Court issues a closely watched decision that employers must relieve workers of all duties but ‘need not ensure that no work is done.’ Labor groups fear ruling will lead to abuses.

April 13, 2012|By Maura Dolan and Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times

California employers must make it possible for workers to take scheduled breaks but cannot be held liable if employees decide to work instead of rest, the California Supreme Court decided Thursday.

The state high court ruling came amid a proliferation of lawsuits brought by California workers against a wide range of employers, particularly in the restaurant industry, that had sparked anxiety among business owners. – CLICK HERE to read the full article

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