California Supreme Court: Restaurants must provide, not ensure employee breaks

California Supreme Court: Restaurants must provide, not ensure employee breaks

In a long-awaited and closely watched case, restaurant employers garner favorable ruling

The California Supreme Court on Thursday offered a qualified ruling in favor of employers in a long-awaited meal-and-rest break lawsuit involving Chili’s parent Brinker International Inc.

In a decision that many hope will bring clarity to state break requirements and reduce the number of lawsuits that have plagued the restaurant industry, the court said employers across the state need not ensure that workers actually take mandated 30-minute breaks during their shifts.

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