Under the ruling, however, the court said, “an employer must relieve the employee of all duty for the designated period, but need not ensure that the employee does no work.” The court also said meal breaks must be made available for every five hour shift, but didn’t specify when within those five hours the break should be taken. That allows workers to take their break early within the five-hour period, if they choose. If employees work 10 hours, however, a second ...

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