For purposes of this article, the following definitions shall apply unless the context indicates otherwise:
(a) "Differential compensation" means either a reduction in the number of hours required to be actually worked or an increase in salary.
(b) "Shift" means the number of hours worked and shall include a duty-free meal period of not less than one-half hour which, in the case of a seven- or eight-hour shift, shall occur approximately at the midpoint of the shift. This subdivision shall not apply to employees working six hours or less, or assigned to a split shift.
(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)