Why does Trusted have a Meal Period Waiver Form? 👀
Some nurses do not want to take two unpaid meal periods when working a shift of 10+ hours. The purpose of this form is to give you the ability to waive a meal period and get paid that extra 30 mins.
As long as we have a Meal Period Waiver Form signed and in effect, Trusted will allow our nurses to work without taking one of their meal periods as otherwise required by California and Washington state law. If at any point, you wish to receive both of your meal periods, you may revoke this agreement. Trusted may also revoke this agreement. The form will remain in effect until your contract ends unless you ask to have it revoked or Trusted revokes it.
🚨 In CA/WA there is also a form that is required daily if you miss a meal/rest break. You can find more information on that for CA here and WA here. 🚨
Do I have to sign this form if I don't want to waive a meal period?
Yes ✅ There are 3 options on the Meal Period Waiver Form. Whichever you chose is up to you, but you are required to complete the form! Here are the options listed on the form:
Meal Period Waiver
Revocation of Meal Period Waiver
Meal Period Waiver Declined
What should I know about CA/WA meal/break regulations before signing? 🔎 📜
In CA/WA, Trusted provides a 30-minute off-duty meal period to employees who work more than five hours and a second 30-minute off-duty meal period to employees who work more than 10 hours in a workday unless they have elected to waive a meal period in accordance with California and Washington state law.
In California, your first meal period must be taken before you work more than five hours in a workday, and a second meal period must be taken before working more than ten hours in a workday, if applicable. As an employee in healthcare, are permitted to voluntarily waive one of your two 30-minute meal periods on shifts when you work more than ten hours. If you waive, you are also committing to taking the remaining meal period before you work more than ten hours in a workday.
In Washington, your first meal period must be taken no less than two hours nor more than five hours from the beginning of the shift, and a second meal period must be taken within five hours of the first meal period, if applicable. Further, if you work three or more hours longer than your normal shift you are entitled to an additional meal period prior to or during the overtime period. Under Washington law, you may choose to waive any of your meal periods.