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Court says health workers get second meal break after 12 hours
San Francisco Chronicle

Workers in California are entitled to a 30-minute meal break after five hours, and — if they work really long shifts — to a second meal break when they go over 12 hours. But in 2000 the state’s Industrial Welfare Commission passed rules allowing workers in the health care industry to “waive” the second break — we’re using quotes because the voluntary nature of the waiver is in dispute — for those really long shifts.

Now a state appeals court has ruled that the commission’s action conflicted with state law. The ruling, if it stands, will apply to tens of thousands of health care workers around the state.