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Lunch Break Rule Discussions Continue

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger´s Labor and Workforce Development Agency is moving forward with efforts to revise state laws governing how and when workers can take their lunch break.

But union officials who say Schwarzenegger is trying to undermine worker rights are claiming victory. They say the governor was forced to revise his proposal so that the new rules could not be adopted on an emergency basis and will instead face public hearings.

At issue are requirements that employees must get a half-hour lunch break during the first five hours of work. A proposal to allow lunch breaks after the start of the sixth hour of work was pending today before the Office of Administrative Law. But just a short period before the board was to consider the new rules, the administration withdrew its original plan and submitted the proposed permanent rules.