Earlier this month, the California Supreme Court came out with a long-awaited (at least to employment lawyers) decision regarding meal periods and rest breaks.
Although the case isn’t directly applicable in Connecticut, it offers some comparable wisdom on how employers can deal with such breaks here in Connecticut. The holdings of that case have been cited in a good recap by Molly Dibianca here which I won’t repeat here.
In Connecticut , meal periods are covered by Conn. Gen. Stat. 31-51ii.
That law has a few requirements:
- If a person is requierd to work 7 1/2 consecutive hours, they must be given a minimum of a 30 minutes for a meal.
- That meal period has to occur after the first 2 hours of work and before the end of the last 2 hours.