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Sound Off: What is the federal law pertaining to giving people breaks when they work eight hours, for example at a gasoline station at the register?

Neither federal nor state labor laws require employers to give employees breaks, according to the U.S. Department of Labor and the Kansas Department of Labor. However, if they do provide breaks, employers are required to compensate employees for the time they spend on break.


sunflower09 6 years, 2 months ago

Where did the above information come from? Surely it hasn't changed that much in the last few years. I haven't worked in H.R. for a while but the federal requirement used to be that an employee who worked 6 consecutive hours was entitled to a "lunch" break of 30 minutes. If an employee continues to work and be at his or her work station during the break then it is not really a break and therefore should be compensated for the time. Employers can choose not to pay an employee for lunch periods but have to be able to demonstrate that the time off was really time off with no duties. Employers are not required to offer 10 or 15 minute "smoke breaks" or bathroom breaks but in my experience most employers offer 2 fifteen minute breaks and a lunch break for every 8 hours worked but it is not a federal or state requirement.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 years, 2 months ago

Not all do. Check out the local pipe organ company.

sad_lawrencian 6 years, 2 months ago

I used to work at a local McDonalds (see a previous comment of mine to find out about my experience working there). They would not give me a short break after I worked 2 to 3 hours. So I quit.

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