Legislature considers new rules for armored car drivers’ breaks

State Sen. Mark Wyland, a Republican who represents San Diego County, recently introduced a bill that would exempt armored car companies from having to comply with California’s laws requiring rest and meal breaks for some employees.

If passed, the bill would create an exception to the current meal and rest break laws for armored vehicle drivers.

California employees must have a meal period of not less than 30 minutes if they work for more than five hours per day. There are two required meal periods for employees who work longer than a 10-hour day.

In addition, employers that fail to provide an employee a meal period must pay one additional hour of pay at the employee’s regular rate of pay for each workday that the meal period is not provided.

S.B.908, which would amend Sections 226.7 and 512 of the California Labor Code, exempts employers of armored vehicle drivers from these rules for security reasons.