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Vermont Genetic Nondiscrimination Update

Monday, January 3rd, 2011
Posted by Tamara
According to the final regulations for enforcement of GINA recently issued by EEOC, Vermont companies need to train managers and supervisors to caution workers not to reveal genetic information. The regulations for GINA (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, require Vermont employers to:

Notify all employees in writing to ... continue reading

Oklahoma Lunch Law

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Oklahoma employers can legally require their employees to work 8 or 10 or even 16 hours without taking a meal breaks. Employees are often shocked to learn that this is a legal practice. Most workers assume they are entitled to a break for lunch during their shift.

... continue reading

Arizona Lunch Law

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
There are 19 states in the U.S. –ranging from Massachusetts to California–that have established state level meal break laws. These states include Connecticut, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Tennessee.

Arizona is not one of these states. There is no Arizona state law mandating meal breaks for workers. ... continue reading

Iowa Meal Break Law

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Iowa employees have asked what their employers’ legal responsibilities are for providing meal breaks to employees.

Providing a meal break is solely at the discretion of each Iowa employer. Iowa doesn’t have a state level “lunch” or meal break law. There is no federal law requiring meal ... continue reading

Missouri Lunch Law

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Many employees wonder, “Does Missouri law require employers to provide employees with a lunch break?”

The answer is, “No, it doesn’t, because Missouri has no meal break or ‘lunch law.’” In fact, there is no federal law either, that requires employers to provide a meal break for ... continue reading

Maryland Lunch Law

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Human Resources professionals suggest employers provide a 30-minute unpaid lunch break and one or two paid 10 to 15 minute rest breaks during an 8-hour shift. Research has shown that providing these breaks actually increases productivity. Workers who are allowed regular breaks accomplish more during their shift than workers ... continue reading

Alaska Meal Break Law

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Many Alaska employees are under the impression that since there is no state or federal law requiring them to take a meal break, that it is their option to skip it. In addition, these employees incorrectly assume that by working through their meal break, they are entitled to leave ... continue reading

Idaho Meal Break Law

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Shannon works for an Idaho company and would like to skip her lunchtime meal break and leave work 30 minutes early every day. Her supervisor said, “You have to take a meal break. It’s the law.” Is he right?

No, he isn’t right. There is no state ... continue reading

Kansas Meal Break Law

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Many employees wonder: Is it legal in Kansas for me to work through my lunch break and leave work early? My supervisor say there’s no law requiring her to let me leave early. Is she right?

The answer is, yes, the boss is right – at least ... continue reading

Mississippi Meal Break Law

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Some Mississippi managers or supervisors tell their employees, “You have to take a meal break. It’s the law.”

That is an incorrect statement. There is no such state law in Mississippi. There is no federal meal break law either. Mississippi and 30 other states, including Texas, Alabama ... continue reading

Florida Meal Break Law

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Florida is one of 31 states in America that have no laws requiring employers to provide meal breaks to workers in general industry.

As a result, Florida employees wonder why they have to take an unpaid meal break at all. They would prefer to work through the ... continue reading

Kentucky Meal Break Law

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Kentucky’s meal break law requires that employees be given a “reasonable off-duty period, ordinarily ½ hour” to eat a meal   between the 3 rd and 5 th hours of work. The meal break can be unpaid, if the employee is relieved of all work duties. It can also ... continue reading

Maine Meal Break Law

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Maine’s meal break law has one particular specification. The law grants employees a meal break of a minimum of 30 minutes after 6 consecutive hours of work. This law, however, applies only to businesses where 3 or more employees are on duty at the same time.

There ... continue reading

Massachusetts Meal Break Law

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Meal breaks for employees are not required by federal law. In Massachusetts, employees in most industries are entitled to a 30-minute meal break if the shift lasts longer than 6 hours. This law does not apply, however, to employees in industries like iron works, paper mills and glass works. ... continue reading

Minnesota Meal Break Law

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Many employees in Minnesota and across the U.S. assume that they are entitled by federal law to a meal break during the workday.

This is an incorrect assumption, because there is no federal law requiring employers to give workers time off for a meal.

The ... continue reading

Colorado Meal Break Law

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
Posted by Tamara
An employee who works in a small office in Colorado only gets 20 minutes for lunch. She wonders if there isn’t a federal law that guarantees a 30-minute break for meals?

Unfortunately, the answer is no. For employees in general industry, there is no federal law that ... continue reading

Illinois Meal Break Law

Monday, May 24th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Illinois employees in general industry have a right to a meal break of no less than 30 minutes on a shift of 7.5 hours or more. The break must begin no later than the fifth hour of work. This issue is addressed under the Illinois One Day Rest in ... continue reading

California Meal Break Law

Monday, May 17th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Many employees in the U.S. believe that they are guaranteed a meal break during the workday by law.

This is a widespread misconception. In reality, no federal law requires employers to give meal breaks in general industry.   Only 19 states have passed their own laws mandating ... continue reading

Colorado Meal Break Law

Monday, May 10th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Colorado is one of only 19 states that have passed their own laws guaranteeing the workers the right to a meal break. In Colorado, employees are guaranteed a lunch break after working 5 hours in a row, unless the workday will be completed in 6 hours or less.

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Connecticut Meal Break Law

Monday, May 3rd, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Employees in Connecticut have the legal right to a meal break, but the state is an exception rather than the rule.

While many employees and some employers assume meal breaks are guaranteed by law throughout the U.S., nothing could be further from the truth.

In ... continue reading

Delaware Meal Break Law

Monday, April 26th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Many workers assume they are entitled to meal breaks under the law. This widely-held notion is a misconception, however. There is very little protection.

A total of 31 states in the U.S. have no laws guaranteeing meal breaks for workers.

There is no federal law ... continue reading

Maine Meal Break

Monday, March 15th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Maine has established laws that mandate meal breaks for employees. Eighteen other states have enacted similar laws, but with varying conditions.

The Maine meal break law specifies that employees are entitled to a 30-minute meal break after working 6 consecutive hours. However, the law permits several exceptions. ... continue reading

California Meal Break

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
The majority of the states in America do not have laws mandating a meal break for employees. In these states, including Alabama and Arkansas, an employee can be required to work 20 or more hours without a meal break at all. If the employee is an airline pilot or ... continue reading

Illinois Meal Break

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Like 19 other states, Illinois requires a meal break for employees who work a shift of 7.5 hours of more. Normally this meal break if 30 minutes but under some circumstances, 20 minutes may be sufficient. The meal break can be unpaid if the employee is relieved of all ... continue reading

Delaware Meal Break

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Delaware and Connecticut provide a 30-minute meal break for employees working shifts of 7.5 or more consecutive hours. In these two states, the meal break must be taken after first two hours of the shift and before the last two hours of the shift.

Most employees assume ... continue reading

Kentucky Meal Break

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Kentucky employees wonder if their state has a law that mandates meal breaks.

The answer is yes. Kentucky is one of nineteen states that enacted meal break laws. Among the nineteen states with mandated meal breaks are Illinois, Connecticut, Delaware and Kentucky.

Kentucky defines a ... continue reading

Texas Lunch Law

Monday, January 25th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Many employees are surprised to learn that there is no Texas lunch law. Nor is there any federal law that an employer must provide meal breaks for employees in general industry.   

It is completely lawful for a Texas employer to require employees to work for 8, ... continue reading

Mississippi Meal Break Law

Sunday, January 24th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Mississippi employees often object to taking unpaid meal breaks. They argue that since there is no state or federal law that requires meal breaks for Mississippi employees, it is optional.

The Mississippi employees are partly right. Mississippi is one of 31 U.S. states including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, ... continue reading

Maine Meal Break Law

Friday, January 22nd, 2010
Posted by Tamara
In Maine, employees are entitled to a meal break that is a minimum of 30 minutes after 6 consecutive hours of work. The law includes exceptions for emergencies and where the nature of the work allows for frequent breaks throughout the workday. The law applies only where 3 or ... continue reading

Colorado Meal Break

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Under Colorado law, employees are entitled to a 30-minute meal break after 5 hours of work. This law applies to every employee except when the shift will be completed in 6 hours or less. The employee may be permitted to eat while on duty only when the nature of ... continue reading