Gino DiCaro

Meal and rest period public forum

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, July 27, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The recent enforcement and implementation of the new meal and rest period regulations have caused some concerns and confusion amongst all types of employers.  Many employers and employees have looked to the courts for clarification.  Most recently specific industries have introduced legislation that would address their concerns; such as AB 1034 (Keene), which would permit parties in the transportation industry, under a valid collective bargaining agreement, to establish an off-duty meal period that commences after not more than 6 hours of work, and the circumstances for on-duty meal periods by commercial drivers if the collective bargaining agreement also provides a premium rate for overtime hours and a specified regular hourly rate.  Nevertheless, the outcome of pending court decisions and the fate of industry specific legislation will not fix the various problems that have arisen with the enforcement of the meal and rest period regulation.

Therefore, newly appointed California State Labor Commissioner, Angela Bradstreet will be hosting a public forum regarding how recent changes to the meal and rest period enforcement practices have impacted the workforce.   The forums will provide members of the public an opportunity to inform the Labor Commissioner of their concerns.  CMTA would like to encourage members to attend and make public comments.  Two forums will be made available one in Northern California and the other in the South:

    Northern California:
    Thursday August 2nd, 2007 9am- 2pm
    California State University, Sacramento
    Sacramento State Alumni Center, Capital Room
    6000 J. St.
    Sacramento, Ca. 95819

    Southern California:
    Thursday August 9th, 2007 9am- 2pm
    California State University, Northridge
    CSUN University Student Union, Northridge Room
    18111 Nordhoff St.
    Northridge, CA  91330

If your organization would instead like to submit written comments they can be sent by close of business Friday Aug. 31st, 2007 to:

Chief Counsel
Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
P.O. Box 420603
San Francisco, Ca. 94142

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