California law requires that employers authorize and permit their employees to take rest periods based on the total hours worked in a day. Employers must authorize and permit 10 minutes net rest time for every four hours worked or major fractions of an hour. If the workday is less than three and one-half hours, then no rest period is required. Even though no work is performed, employers must consider rest periods as compensable time worked.

New Rest Period Requirements For Piece-Rate Workers 

Recently, the legislature placed substantial new requirements on employers with employees who are compensated on a piece-rate basis for any work within a pay period.
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