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As a driver, can I waive my rights to a meal break in California?

No

California law says that drivers get a 30-minute meal break if they work more than five hours in a day. If they end up working more than 10 hours in a day, then they are owed a second 30-minute meal break for the shift. If your employer doesn’t allow you to take appropriate meal breaks, then they are breaking the law. In most cases, even if you “waive” your right to a break, it doesn’t excuse your employer from its duties under the law. The only exception to this is if you work a short shift of less than six hours, and you agree with your employer that you will skip a lunch break that day. That’s what it all boils down to.

Wage-and-hour laws protect you, no matter what you think you’re agreeing to do. You can’t agree to skip legally mandated meal and rest breaks, and even signing away your breaks in your contract may not have any effect on how the law protects you. If you’re being asked to skip or misreport your meal breaks, or if you aren’t getting all the breaks you deserve for the hours your work, then you could be owed money because your employer broke the law. Don’t let employers keep taking money out of your pocket because they aren’t willing to give you the breaks you deserve.  

If you are confused about what your wage rights really are, it’s time to get informed. The time you have to take action may be limited, and you could lose your rights to recover some or all of your unpaid wages if you don't start taking steps now. Get started by requesting a copy of my in-depth book, California Truck & Delivery Driver Wage Theft: The Ultimate Straight Talk Guide to Getting Your Hard Earned Wages Back, which is completely free to any of the hard-working drivers in California who have questions about their paychecks.

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When it comes to California Truck and Delivery drivers, there is no one who works harder then these men and women. They provide for the rest of us and they bust their butts while they're doing it. 

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