In the latest ruling on meal and break laws, a federal judge in the Southern District of California ruled in Favor of Penske Logistics. According to this decision, meals and rest breaks are not covered under wage laws. That means that meal and break laws for the transportation industry as defined by individual states are superseded by FAAA laws, requiring that a state:
“may not enact or enforce a law, regulation, or other provision having the force and effect of law related to a price, route, or service of any motor carrier … or any motor private carrier, broker, or freight forwarded with respect to the transportation of property.”
Employer’s Bottom Line:
This court’s decision is encouraging for California employers who fit within the definition of “motor carriers.” However, it is too early to tell whether it may be relied upon because it is likely that the order will be reviewed on appeal.
You can read more about the case at our partner’s page: