Employers can encourage employees to take breaks by normalizing the habit of briefly stepping away from work.

About 62% of American workers say they eat lunch at their desks. That practice could prove dangerous for businesses in California, especially if employees are working while they eat.

By law, employees in California are mandated meal and rest breaks. Failure to comply with these requirements can land employers with large fines, calculated as one hour’s wages for each day without a meal break and one hour’s wages for each day without a rest break, per employee.

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