A satisfying meal: CA Court of Appeal upholds meal period waiver in CBA

The waiver of employees' meal periods during shifts lasting between five and six hours is a hallmark provision of many collective bargaining agreements (CBAs). But do these waivers run afoul of California Labor Code provisions governing meal periods? In a case that's the first of its kind, the California Court of Appeal held that a meal period provision in a CBA that clearly and unmistakably identifies the statutory protection being waived doesn't violate California Labor Code Section 512.

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