Can an employer force an exempt employee to take a 30 min meal break in Florida?

An exempt employee works 8 hours without taking a lunch break and is expecting to
leave early before the close of business. What do Florida law mandates?

Asked on September 14, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The law has no opinion about this: the employer is free to have employees work less, since the employer sets hours of employment, such as by requiring 30 minute lunch (or other) breaks and telling employees when work is done and they have to go home. The hours you work is at the employer's discretion; the law is concerned about making sure you don't work *more* without being paid appropriately (e.g. overtime for non-exempt employees), not with setting minimums or keeping the employer from cutting work short earlier.

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