My question involves employment and labor law for the state of: CA
We're told effective Jan 1 we non-managerial employees must take our lunch at or within 5 hours of clocking in. We do not want to take such early lunches. We start at 6:30 a.m. and typically lunch in the 11-1 time period for our hour, staggered between us 4 salespeople. Now we've been assigned a lunch period, the latest being 11:30 (at 5 hours). Warnings of write ups, disciplinary action etc if we don't comply.
I've seen exclusions for certain people in certain industries around this law (I think it was in food service industry, some others).
Is there an 'out' we can use? Sign a release to put on file, anything? Of course the employer is worried about lawsuits from us later, and government fines too I suppose.
I've searched exhaustively on line to find the actual law, I find 10,000 references, discussions, etc but not the law itself. Ugh.