CA court OK's meal period waiver exception for healthcare workers

Three healthcare workers sued their employer, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, alleging that the hospital illegally allowed them to waive their second meal period when they worked shifts longer than 12 hours. The employees relied on a statute that provides, in relevant part, that employees may waive their second meal period by mutual consent so long as they do not waive their first meal period and work no more than 12 hours.

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