Do you dread going to work on a Monday morning? Not many like the thought of dragging their feet off their bed and to the office after a fun weekend. One always wants the weekend to extend, the morning hours to prolong so that they can get some more sleep.
Thinking about those targets, deadlines, meetings, seminars, etc, can be nerve-wracking for some. However, they have to go to work every day, at least to pay the bills and throw a party on weekends.
When you are at work and the day seems to just go on, the only saving grace is the breaks. The lunch break mainly is the one, every employee looks forward to. You get a chance to forget work while at the office; have some good food, a friendly chat, and a hearty laugh.
However, there are many employers who are not too keen on giving you the break. They want you to work more and do more for the company in those few hours you are at the office. When you are stuck in a place like that, it is important for you to speak up and get what you rightfully deserve.
The law is in place to ensure the employees are treated right in every company. Apart from letting you have some fun, these lunch breaks have psychological benefits too. When you are working, your brain needs a break to relax. Without these refreshing breaks, you tend to get sluggish and the brain just can’t think. When you give your brain enough breaks, it has the energy to concentrate, focus and come up with fresh ideas.
When you are working for more than five hours a day, the California law states that you are entitled to a meal break of 30 minutes. This will be an off duty, unpaid break unless specified otherwise. For every five hours of work, an employee is entitled to a 30 minutes meal break. However, if you are working only for six hours in a day, you can waive off this break by mutual consent.