HOW DOES AN EMPLOYER SATISFY ITS OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE A MEAL PERIOD?
An employer is not required to ensure that no work is performed during a meal period.
However, an employer must do more than simply make a meal period “available.” In general, to satisfy its obligation to provide a meal period, an employer must actually relieve employees of all duty, relinquish control over their activities, permit them a reasonable opportunity to take an uninterrupted 30-minute break (in which they are free to come and go as they please), and must not prevent or discourage employees from taking their meal period.
David Payab, Esq. from The Law Offices of Payab & Associates can be reached @ (818) 918-5522 or by visiting http://payablaw.com/