Is there a law that requires a break room for a company that employs a minimum of X number of people? Does a law that required a break room depend on the type of company?
The answers to your questions are sometimes, and yes.
California law requires that when the employees are required to eat on the premises, you as the employer must designate a *suitable place for that purpose.* Usually, this means a cafeteria or break room. However, the construction, drilling, logging and mining industries are specifically excluded from this law.
In addition, if any portion of the shift occurs between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am, there must be hot food and drink available to employees, either free or for purchase. If not, then there must be facilities to heat food or drink — usually meaning a microwave. In addition, a suitable sheltered place must be provided to consume the food and drink. There are a few industries that are exempt from this regulation, primarily agriculture and household workers.
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