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Lunch Break Laws

For people that work for a company or business many often wonder about breaks in the workplace. Lunch breaks are not often top priority for many businesses and can cause their employees to ask, is lunch breaks mandatory or are there lunch break laws? When employees or employers have questions about lunch breaks, they can ask the Experts for insight. Listed below are five for the top Lunch break questions that have been answered by the Experts.

What does the Oregon law specify about a lunch breaks, and other rest breaks for a salary employee that’s a diabetic, in a public school? What are they entitled to?

Most individuals that are classified as white collar, salaried, exempt employees -- certain supervisors, administrative employees and professional employees -- are not subject to the rules on rest breaks and meal periods. Also, ORS 653.261, effective January 1, 2002, exempts nurses who provide acute care in hospital settings from these rules if provisions of a collective bargaining agreement entered into by the nurses prescribe rules concerning rest and meal periods.
http://www.oregon.gov/BOLI/TA/T_FAQ_Restandmeal.shtml

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to provide "reasonable accommodations" for individuals with disabilities.

Can an employer force half hour lunch breaks without pay for part time workers that have no union, and has no contract stating the lunch break time periods?

This matter is regulated by the Fair Labor Standards Act which is enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor. According to the Department of Labor, "Bona fide meal periods (typically lasting at least 30 minutes), serve a different purpose than coffee or snack breaks and, thus, are not work time and are not compensable." The employee has 100% discretion to decide if employees will have lunch breaks. Under federal law when the meal break is at least 30 minutes, it is unpaid.

What are the Lunch break laws in PA

The company is not obligated to give and worker of staff lunch breaks in the state of Pennsylvania. Here is a website that has a little more information that could be more helpful for an individual. http://www.dli.state.pa.us/landi/cwp/view.asp?a=142&Q=61106&landiPNavCtr=|&TNID=1024#10.

The Company will be obligated to compensate the individual for any of their lunch breaks that are less than thirty minutes or if they were working at the same time, according to the Federal Labor Standards Act. If the individual didn’t have to work while they was on their lunch break then the company don't have to pay the individual for their lunch break.

If an employee is working a split shift four hours in the morning and four hours in the evening are thy entitled to lunch breaks?

If the worker of staff were working two small split shifts, they wouldn’t be paid for their lunch break, because they would have one in the middle of their two shifts. The worker of staff is required a ten minute break for every shift.

If an employee is working a five-hour shift are they entitled to a break and a lunch break?

If the individual has worked five hours, they can have a break, but since the worker didn’t work over five hours then they do not a lunch break.

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