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Is the 7th inning stretch a rest period in California?

August 20, 2013

(Play)Joyce and I capped off a wonderful weekend by shipping up to Boston from Cape Cod Sunday night to watch Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster take 4 tosses to finally hit the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez with a pitch. I’m ashamed to say we left by the 7th inning at 10:45 for our one hour commute home. The game was still on when I walked into the house past midnight… The Sox and Yanks play some long ballgames, many stretching past 4 or 5 hours. With the Sox in San Francisco last night, I wondered if players would have to be given a 10-minute rest period if the game crossed the four hour mark… It’s the law in California.

attestIn fact, Texas-based theater chain Cinemark USA is being sued by California employees for “denying workers meal breaks and rest periods, and not providing itemized wage statements.” In California, employers must provide a 10-minute rest period for work shifts over four hours, and 30-minute meal breaks for shifts exceeding five hours. And the burden is on the employer to prove they did it.

“To win in court, employers not only have to prove that employees
receive meal and rest breaks, but they have to document it as well.”
– Steve Fink, employment lawyer, and partner at Thompson & Knight

Just like A-Rod when the count was 3-0, I think you know where this pitch is going… Kronos has a solution. Our Attestation Tool Kit provides a simple and easy-to-use process for maintaining meal and break documentation.

And it plays well in California. Just like the Sox did last night in a 7-0 win against the Giants.

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