CalChamber to Host Live Webinar on Meal/Rest Breaks

Recorded Webinar Now Available

Live webinar is mobile-optimized for viewing on tablets or smartphones.

Think it’s OK in California if a nonexempt employee occasionally misses a meal break or takes a late lunch? What about letting that employee combine the two required 10-minute rest breaks?

Misunderstandings about California’s meal and rest break rules—including requiring employees to stay onsite—expose employers to expensive litigation. Vague meal and rest break policies left open for interpretation by employees increase that risk of liability.

“It’s important to remember that meal breaks have nothing to do with eating lunch. They’re all about providing employees 30 minutes of off-the-clock, duty-free time within 4 hours and 59 minutes from the start of their shift,” says Erika Frank, CalChamber executive vice president, legal affairs.

Attend CalChamber’s live, 90-minute webinar on Thursday, February 21 to learn what you can do to avoid violations, down to the smallest detail. The timely topics our employment law experts will cover include:

  • Overview of California’s meal and rest break rules;
  • Discussion of Augustus decision and its impact on rest breaks;
  • Late lunches and other examples of violations;
  • Premium pay for meal and/or rest break violations;
  • Litigation trends since seminal Brinker decision;
  • New laws creating industry exceptions, including Proposition 11;
  • Importance of specific workplace policies;
  • How to handle employees who don’t follow your break policies;
  • Best practices to avoid compliance trouble.


Erika Frank, executive vice president, legal affairs, and general counsel. She joined CalChamber in April 2004 as a policy advocate and general counsel, leveraging her 10 years of legal, governmental and legislative experience. Named vice president of legal affairs in 2009 and executive vice president at the start of 2017, she is CalChamber’s subject matter expert on California and federal employment law. Frank oversees and contributes to CalChamber’s labor law and human resources compliance publications; co-produces and presents webinars and seminars; and heads the Labor Law Helpline. J.D. McGeorge School of Law.

Erika Pickles, employment law counsel and HR adviser. She joined CalChamber in 2015 as employment law counsel and a Helpline HR adviser. She previously represented employers in California and federal employment law litigation, class actions, and private arbitration involving a range of workplace-related issues, including wage-and-hour, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination claims. Pickles also investigated and responded to administrative claims before state and federal agencies, and conducted employment law training seminars. J.D. University of San Francisco School of Law.

Bianca Saad, employment law subject matter expert, joined CalChamber in April 2018. She oversees CalChamber coverage of the ever-expanding area of labor-related local ordinances and serves as a co-presenter for CalChamber compliance seminars and webinars. Saad brings the perspective of an employee representative, coming from nearly eight years in private practice as an employment law and litigation attorney. She has represented plaintiff workers in wage-and-hour disputes, employment whistleblower claims, personal injury matters, and employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases. J.D. California Western School of Law.


For more information or to register for this live webinar, call (800) 331-8877 or go online. The cost is $199 ($159.20 for CalChamber Preferred and Executive members).

This webinar is approved for 1.5 HRCI recertification, SHRM professional development and MCLE credits. The webinar purchase includes a recorded version that’s available after the live event.

The California Chamber of Commerce is the largest, broad-based business advocate to government in California, working at the state and federal levels to influence government actions affecting all California business. As a not-for-profit, we leverage our front-line knowledge of laws and regulations to provide affordable and easy-to-use compliance products and services.