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California February 2019 HR Regulatory Updates

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This blog post covers timely state legislative employment updates. Check out what you need to know and gain compliance tips to help you stay on top of HR, the right way.


California

California Breaks Don’t Apply to Interstate Truckers

Who?

Business with fewer than 50 employees and exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

When?

Effective immediately

What?

California meal and rest break laws no longer apply to truck drivers managed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). California laws generally require employers to provide 30-minute meal breaks to employees who work more than 5 hours. They must also provide 10-minute rest breaks. During these breaks, they must be relieved of all responsibilities.

California courts found that those breaks caused an unreasonable burden to interstate drivers and other carriers, didn’t impact safety, and that the state law isn’t compatible with DOT regulations.

How?

  • If you are a trucking company operating in California, it’s a good idea to seek legal counsel to determine next steps.
  • Ensure that there is an exemption in your Meal and Rest Break Policy to account for interstate drivers.
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