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What break times are required during an 8 hour work day, 10

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What break times are required during an 8 hour work day, 10 hour work day, and a 12 hour work day? Including lunch times.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Attorney & Mediator replied 8 years ago.
There is no federal or Texas law on what is the required beak times. In fact break time is not mandatory in TX, it is at the discretion of the employer to decide whether to provide break time or not. However if the employer has agreed to provide such break times, then according to the Fair Labor Standards, the employer must pay for breaks of 20 minutes or less. There is no requirement to pay for lunch time, which is defined as 30 minutes or more.

This is addressed by the Texas Department of labor which you can review further in their frequently asked questions here.

Fair labor standards can be accessed here.

Fair labor standard only kick in if the employer has elected to give breaks.

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