Good news for certain California trucking companies — California’s meal period and rest break requirements no longer apply to truck drivers who are regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s hours-of-service requirements.
How did this happen?
To understand how this happened, we need to first give a brief history of this issue.
California’s meal period and rest period laws are quite onerous – especially for trucking companies. These laws require all California employers provide employees with a duty-free 30-minute meal period to begin before the employee completes five hours of work; employers must also provide paid 10-minute duty-free rest breaks for every four-hour work period or “major fraction thereof.” Among the problems that trucking companies have with complying with these requirements is actually proving compliance with the requirements. How does one prove that a driver actually took the rest and/or meal period? Continue reading NEW DEVELOPMENT: Certain Truck Drivers Exempted From California’s Rest and Meal Period Requirements