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Apr20

Break Room and Security

We have contracted Security officers on our property 24/7. are we required to provide a “break room” or at minimum a microwave to be made available to the officers during the overnight shift? We are in California. Thanks.

Under California’s labor laws, in all places where employees are required to eat on the premises, a suitable place for that purpose must be designated. Further, with limited exceptions, if a meal period occurs on a shift beginning or ending at or between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., facilities must be available for securing hot food and drink or for heating food or drink, and a suitable sheltered place must be provided in which to consume such food or drink.

So, assuming the Security Officers are not permitted to leave their posts for their meal periods and since employees work night shifts, yes, you must provide them with a sheltered place to eat with means to secure and heat their food and drinks.

HTH!

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