Calif high court rules in lunch break labor case

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Updated: 4/12/2012 2:08 pm
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRNV & - The California Supreme Court says employers
are under no obligation to ensure that workers take legally mandated lunch and rest breaks.

The ruling Thursday comes after worker's attorneys argued that abuses are routine and widespread when companies aren't required to issue direct orders to take breaks. But the high court sided with business when it ruled that
requiring companies to order breaks is unmanageable and that those decisions should be left to workers.

The case was initially filed nine years ago against Brinker International, the parent company of Chili's and other eateries, by
restaurant workers complaining of missed breaks in violation of California labor law.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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