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Designated Employee Break Area

Our company provides unpaid 30 minute meal periods for our employees. We do not require them to stay on the premises. However, where our building is located within the city, 30 minutes would not be enough time to allow the employee to drive to get food, eat it and return to work within 30 minutes. Is our company required to provide a designated break area? If so, what are the specific requirements of a designated break area?

There is no federal law that requires employers to provide designated break areas for employees. Individual states may have such laws so it’s important to know of any applicable law in your state.

Though there may not be a legal requirement for you to provide a break room, it may be a nice benefit for employees especially since you’re aware there is not sufficient time for employees to leave the premises to eat. Consider what space you can provide to employees. It doesn’t have to be a full service cafeteria or even have a fridge/microwave. Consider if you have the space somewhere for just some tables/chairs as a place where employees can get away from their workspaces to eat their lunch.

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