Cannabis companies are growing. With growing businesses come more employees and more employees means a higher chance of litigation.

Cannabis business owners and employers should take caution and make sure they are aware of, and compliant with, California’s Labor Code. Most cannabis dispensaries employ workers that are paid an hourly wage. Dispensary operators should know that employees are provided protections under the California Labor Code and that employers are required to provide their employees with regular meal and rest break periods, in addition to overtime pay, depending on how many hours are worked by the employee.

California Labor Code §512 and IWC Wage Order 4-2001 state that an employer may not employ an employee for a work period of more than five (5) hours per day without providing the employee a meal period of not less than 30 minutes. California labor laws also require employers to authorize and permit all employees to take rest periods. The authorized rest period time required to be provided is ten (10) minutes net rest time per each for hours of work. Violation of the labor laws may subject owners to legal liability and payment to its employees of back wages owed.

If you are a cannabis business owner DON’T let this happen to you. Contact The Cannabis Legal Group to ensure that your business practices are in compliance to avoid any potential litigation.

If you are an employee who has been denied employment solely based on your use of a medical prescription authorized by state law, call The Cannabis Legal Group today!

If you are an employee who has been denied adequate rest periods, meal breaks, or has been deprived of compensation owed, call The Cannabis Legal Group today!