Certain state laws protect employees against an employer’s unfair treatment regarding meal and rest breaks, while others do not do quite as good as a job at this. Because of this, it is important to speak with an employment law attorney in your state who can look at the details of your case and accurately inform you of the meal and rest break laws in your state and how they affect you.
While most places offer paid meal breaks (often referred to as lunch breaks, but may be referred to as dinner or breakfast breaks depending on the time of the shift) it may not be required for your employer to do so. Regardless, if you are a full time employee, you should be allowed the time (at least thirty minutes, or up to an hour) to take a break from work in order to eat. Although you may not be compensated during this time, it is illegal for your employer to penalize you or dock you because of it.
Did you know?
Meal and rest breaks are two separate things that are often grouped together.