Of course, not everyone has the luxury of working only 8 hours or less per day. Many of us put in plenty of overtime on a daily, weekly, and even monthly basis.
Employees who work over 10 hours in a single day can enjoy an additional half-hour break for sustenance, provided it begins before the tenth hour is up. However, if they don’t mind working longer than 12 hours and have already taken their first meal break of the shift, then this extra period may be waived without consequence.
To ensure workers have time to recharge and refuel, employers must grant employees an uninterrupted 30-minute meal break away from their duties. California’s Superior Court clarified that this obligation is met when companies completely relinquish control over employee activities during the designated period so that the employee may truly relax without interference or discouragement.