Employers Must Reassess Meal and Rest Premium Pay as Wages, Court Rules

June 23, 2022 | From HRCalifornia Extra

By Lisa Ryan, J.D.; Partner, COOK|BROWN LLP

The California Supreme Court has once again hit California employers while they were already down by likely increasing the cost of doing business in the Golden State.

In a recent case, the court held that the premium pay for a missed break (one hour’s pay) constitutes “wages” that must be reported on statutorily required wage statements during employment. Further, the court held that if an employer fails to pay all missed break penalties during employment, the employer will be liable for waiting time penalties (Naranjo v. Spectrum Security Services, Inc., No. S258966, Cal. Supreme Court (May 23,2022)).

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