Thank you for the information and your question. Oregon break laws are very technical and specific and too long to reproduce here in my answer. You can see the State's discussion of the law as to meal breaks and rest breaks and some very comprehensive FAQ by going to the following link: https://www.oregon.gov/boli/ta/pages/t_faq_meal_and_rest_period_rules.aspx
But, to summarize for you a bit, prior to you reading the complete rules and FAQ, an employer must provide a 10 minute break every segment of 4 hours the employee works and cannot combine it with their unpaid 30 minute meal period. The only exceptions are if ALL of the conditions below apply:
- The employee is 18 years of age or older;
- The employee works less than five hours in any period of 16 continuous hours;
- The employee is working alone;
- The employee is employed in a retail or service establishment, i.e., a place where goods and services are sold to the general public, not for resale; and
- The employee is allowed to leave the employee’s assigned station when the employee must use the restroom facilities.
"...insofar as feasible considering the nature and circumstances of the work, rest periods are to be taken by an employee approximately in the middle of each four hour (or major part thereof) segment..."
If the employee does not get their paid 10 minute break as set out by the law and the State regulations, then the employer carries the burden (should there be a complaint filed) to show that there would be an undue burden on the business by giving them the break at the mandated times. The law doesn't say it must be exactly in the middle of the 4 hours, but as close as possible under the circumstances. There are no exceptions, per se, other than what I mentioned about undue burden, for your particular industry.
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