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California High Court Bars Rounding Up Workers’ Time for Breaks

Feb. 25, 2021, 7:07 PM

California employers can’t use rounding practices to shorten or delay meal periods, the state Supreme Court held Thursday in reviving a class action involving traveling nurse recruiters who were shorted thousands of meals.

The court has consistently held California law requires employees get paid for all hours worked. In the last two years it ruled against Starbucks and Apple in off-the-clock cases. In this case, the justices overturned an appeals court ruling that employers can import “facially neutral” practices for rounding that are lawful only in calculating overtime.

California’s worker-protective laws mandate employees have a meal period of “not less...

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