Employers Granted Greater Flexibility on Meal and Rest Periods in Hotel and Lodging Industry
Class action litigation over meal and rest break laws has been on the rise. Rest and meal breaks can happen very easily in the hospitality industry. The front desk gets busy, the restaurant gets flooded with customers, a customer has a complaint, and before you know it, an employee has worked through their meal or rest period. And, too often, frazzled and untrained managers may ask employees to work through a meal or rest period, or to delay their meal and rest period. These practices can lead to meal and rest break lawsuits, and often not by one or two employees, but rather by all of the employees in the form of a class action. However, in the past two years, California has started to cut employers a break regarding meal and rest periods.