RE: Mandatory lunch breaks?

From:Jenny Oblander

I copied this out of the Oklahoma Wage and Labor Department. This was in
their FAQ section:

. Are breaks and lunch periods mandatory?

Neither federal nor state law require employers to provide breaks to
employees age 16 or older.  Mandatory break laws only apply to children
under the age of 16. Breaks and lunch periods are considered benefits and
remain at the discretion of the employer.

So, No it is not required(by Law), but may be a requirement of your
employer.Check your State Labor Department for the specifics in your
particular area. I'm wondering if they are tying this into a Health and
Safety  concern? Jenny

-----Original Message-----
From: Melisssa []
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2003 5:26 PM
Subject: Re: Mandatory lunch breaks?

Hum...I know Federal law states that a 30  min break needs to be provided.
Offered.  Available. Its in every employee hand book. Thus they are in
compliance with federal law. However I am unaware of any mandate that says
.The employee must take the 30 min break. Only that it is available,
provided, offered. Any thoughts on this?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jenny Oblander" 
To: ; 
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2003 2:09 PM
Subject: RE: Mandatory lunch breaks?

> It is included in the Federal Labor Law. We had to start making my
> take lunch (or 30 break after 6 hrs of on the clock).I had a lot of
> employees(myself included) who didn't want to take lunch, but HR dictated
> that we as managers needed to provide the employees with a "break" from
> their work area for 30 minutes(deducted). They also were entitled to two
> minute breaks every four hours( not deducted). Jenny
> -----Original Message-----
> From: []
> Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2003 1:22 PM
> To:
> Subject: Mandatory lunch breaks?
> Hi all - In the pathology department at our hospital we prefer NOT to take
> a lunch break, since that puts us 1/2 hour further behind.  The three of
> are already currently working more hours than we would prefer, and do not
> want to stay longer into the day than we already  have to.  We prefer to
> take a 15-20 minute break earlier in the day, and then work thru till the
> work is done.  If we have a new employee or a pool person we tell them
> can take a 1/2 hour lunch if they would like, and that they are also
> entitled to a 15 minute break for each 4 hours they work.  We never tell
> anyone they can't take a lunch.  We just prefer not to take one
> Now administration is telling us we all HAVE to take a 30 minute lunch and
> that it will be deducted from our time cards.  I'm wondering how this is
> handled in other places, and if anyone knows if there is a federal law
> mandating 30 minutes lunches, or if it varies state by state, or per
> unions, etc.  Any input is appreciated!


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