Friday, October 8, 2010

Governor Signs Bill Limiting Meal Period Provisions of Labor Code Section 512: AB 569

Perhaps a bit late to the game on this, but on September 30, 2010 the Governor signed into law AB 569, which amended Labor Code Section 512's provisions regarding meal breaks.  The amendments -- which presumably do not operate retroactively -- provide the following changes (per the statement in the legislative digest):
This bill would exempt from these provisions employees in a construction occupation, commercial drivers, employees in the security services industry employed as security officers, and employees of electrical and gas corporations or local publicly owned electric utilities, as defined, if those employees are covered by a valid collective bargaining agreement containing specified terms, including meal period provisions. It would specify that its provisions do not affect the requirements for meal periods for certain other employees or employers.

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