Rules around lunch breaks for Hourly Employees


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Apr 5, 2006
Manchester, CT
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Well i never worked in a coffe shop but when I worked in a dry cleaners I was part time, for my lunch breaks I had to punch out so I was off the clock, I got anywhere from 30 mintues to an hour for lunch. Mostly my lucnch breaks were on the weekends since I was in school during the week and only worked 3 to 6. However on Saturdays if I started work at 8 I would get an hour lunch, if I started work at 9 I would get 30 minutes. It all depended on when I started and if I had a full 8 hour day.
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Aug 11, 2004
Des Moines, Iowa
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The answer for your paid meal break, according to the US DOL ... 785.19.htm, is no.

As for the light reading of ... TOC4001000

and some more reading of

"The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not define full-time employment or part-time employment. This is a matter generally to be determined by the employer. Whether an employee is considered full-time or part-time does not change the application of the FLSA, nor does it affect application of the Service Contract Act or Davis-Bacon and Related Acts wage and fringe benefit requirements."

So basically you have to treat them in the same regard. Hence forth, this also dictates that you decide what part-time and full-time means. So 30, 32, or what ever can be the start of full-time.