I am a 13-year, non-exempt, California employee working 12-hour shift work. I am paid hourly. Our HR dept. had us sign a meal waiver upon employment.
For 13 years I have had "meals at my desk" and "10-minute breaks" are based on how busy I am. I have never been afforded a designated time to take a rest period or meal break.
HR put out a memo two days ago and stated "effective immediately" our hours are now 12 hours 30 minutes where we must take a 30-minute unpaid meal period. They still have our department's "meal waiver" on file and say our second meal period is waived but we must take at least one 30-minute uninterrupted meal period that is duty free.
My question is - should I/we (our department staff) be compensated for the years previous where we were expected to eat at our desks still working? Our hospital has a cafeteria where we were allowed to get food and bring it back to our desk to eat. We were expected to answer phones and work while we ate.
Thanks for any replies.