If Iwork 8 hours a day and get an hour for lunch, is my employer required to give me breaks?

Asked on October 23, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

There is no law in your state (including federal law) that requires an employer to provide their workers with rest or coffee breaks.  The FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) does however require that employees be paid for all breaks that are less than 20 minutes. Additionally,state law, requires that workers over the age of 16 are entitled to a 30 minute meal break, when they work 7 1/2 hours or more; the break must fall 2 hours after the start of the shift and 2 hours before the end of the shift.


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