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Lunch for Federal Employees

Where is it written that a 30 minute lunch is mandatory for Federal employees?

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) provides human resource support to federal agencies. According to OPM, federal employees are not explicitly entitled to a meal period. However, each agency has the authority to establish its own policies/practices for meal periods. So, an agency is within its rights to mandate a 30 minute meal period for employees.

If an employer provides meal periods or rest breaks they must follow compensation requirements set forth under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Employees in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments are covered by the FLSA.

Under the FLSA, short breaks lasting less than twenty minutes in duration must be compensated.

Meal periods lasting thirty minutes or more serve a different purpose than short breaks and are not time required to be compensated. Employees must be relieved of all work responsibilities during meal periods. If an employee does any work during his meal period the time must be compensated and counted towards the total number of hours worked in the workweek.

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