California Health Care Workers Can Waive Breaks: An Interview with Kevin Sullivan

Employment Law This Week

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Employment Law This Week (Episode 63: Week of March 13, 2017) has released bonus footage of its interview with Kevin Sullivan, an Associate at Epstein Becker Green.

As Mr. Sullivan discusses, California health care workers can still waive some breaks. In February 2015, a California appeals court invalidated an order from the Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) that allowed health care workers to waive certain meal breaks. The court found the order, which allowed the workers to miss one of their two meal periods when working over eight hours, was in direct conflict with the California Labor Code. The state legislature then passed a new law giving the IWC authority to craft exceptions going forward for health care workers. This month, the appeals court concluded that its 2015 decision was based on a misreading of the statute and that even waivers occurring before the new law are valid.

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