Banking and Rest: Too Busy to Take Breaks?

If you’ve ever worked at a bank branch, you will likely have experienced the consistent stream of customers entering the facility. While tellers stick to processing transactions like deposits and withdrawals, personal bankers work at their desks, fielding all other types of inquiries. These bankers perform duties such as helping customers open new accounts, access older accounts, or adding or removing users to specific accounts. While tellers often get rest and meal breaks, personal bankers typically remain on call to handle urgent matters.
While this type of responsiveness is great for both the customer and corporate side, the employee is the one who has his or her rights violated. Every employer in California – banks included — is legally obligated to provide all non-exempt employees with two ten-minute rest breaks for every eight hours of work. Employers are not only obligated to provide these two ten-minute breaks, but they are required to pay their employees their normal wages during these rest periods as well.