For a part time person are companies required to give everyone a 15 minute break without any penalty?

Basically if I take a 15 minute break it will not be up to standards expectations and will affect my productivity, yet other people in different areas are allowed a 15 minute break that doesn’t affect their productivity.

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


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, neither federal law nor your state's (Maryland's) law requires any breaks, whether for full time or part time staff. Your employer can choose give breaks or not; and may choose to give some staff breaks, but not other staff (there is also no requirement to treat all employees the same, fairly, or logially).

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