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Case could change nursing meal breaks

A California court case concerning waived breaks could have widespread implications for healthcare workers encouraged to give up meal time during extra-long shifts.

The state’s Court of Appeal ruled in February that an industrial commission erred when it allowed nurses and other shift workers to surrender a second break required under state labor code. Three former employees of Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center filed a class-action suit, arguing they sometimes worked longer than 12 hours without two mandated breaks.