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California Supreme Court’s big break ruling: Workers must be completely relieved of duties

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On Dec. 22, 2016, the Supreme Court of California ruled that California law prohibits on-duty and on-call rest periods. According to the court, “[d]uring required rest periods, employers must relieve their employees of all duties and relinquish any control over how employees spend their break time.”

The ruling brings to an end years of litigation over rest periods for some workers.

Recent case: ABM Security Services employed security guards at residential and commercial sites. The guards’ primary duties were to provide “an immediate and correct response to emergency/life safety situations.”  

ABM required its security guards to keep their pagers and radio phones on and to be prepared to respond to calls that came in during their rest periods.

A group of security guards sued alleging that the company violated state law by failing to provide them rest periods. A trial court awarded the security guards $90 million in statutory ...(register to read more)

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