How do lunch breaks work?

I have been working 11 hour shifts and not been
given a lunch break because the owners claim
that since we are slow at work they dont have
to give us a lunch break. Is this legal?

Asked on August 28, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois

Answers:

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

In IL, employers must provide a meal break to employees who work at least 7.5 continuous hours. Further, this break must be at least 20 minutes long and it must start no later than 5 hours after the shift begins. If your employer is violating labor laws, you may be able to obtain compensation.  You can either file a claim with your state's department of labor or consult directly with a local employment law attorney.

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

In IL, employers must provide a meal break to employees who work at least 7.5 continuous hours. Further, this break must be at least 20 minutes long and it must start no later than 5 hours after the shift begins. If your employer is violating labor laws, you may be able to obtain compensation.  You can either file a claim with your state's department of labor or consult directly with a local employment law attorney. 


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