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California governor signs bill protecting 12-hour shifts
Modern Healthcare

A recently passed amendment to the California Labor Code protects the 12-hour workday favored by many healthcare workers and facilities. Senate Bill 327, which was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month, affirms a long-standing state rule drafted by the Industrial Welfare Commission that allows healthcare workers to voluntarily waive their right to one of two required meal periods on shifts longer than eight hours.

Lawmakers introduced the bill after unions and providers expressed concern about an appellate court ruling that said California hospitals were in violation of state law when they allowed workers to waive meal breaks during shifts that go even a minute over 12 hours.