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Lunch Breaks for Employees Covering Other People’s Shifts

Is the required lunch break based on total hours worked by the employee or the time scheduled by the employer? Such as, if a person is scheduled for 4 hours, but then picks up another 4 hour shift that starts as their ends (no break) are entitled to the lunch break?

There is no federal law requiring private employers to provide employees with rest breaks or meal periods. However, many states have adopted such laws. Though each state law may be different, it’s common for break laws to be based on actual hours worked. So, regardless of an employee’s scheduled hours, if they work enough hours to be covered under a break law then the meal break must be provided to them.

Still, it’s important to know the details of any applicable state law.


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