California Meal Period Compliance Update: Three New Cases Offer Guidance on the Provide Versus Ensure Debate
By Paul Grossman, Leslie Abbott and Maria Audero
The single most important unresolved issue in California employment law today is the meaning of the obligation of employers to provide meal periods to employees. Does provide mean employers must force employees to take meal periods or make meal periods available? Three recent opinions give some renewed hope to employers on the direction this issue may be headed.