If I work at a waterpark as a lifeguard and they only give me 30 minute breaks but only pay me for 1 break taken, is that legal?

Asked on August 28, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Washington


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

In your state, your employer only needs to give you paid 10-minute breaks--they don't have to give you paid 30-minute breaks. They must give you an unpaid 30-minute lunch break, however. If you work 8 hours, you would get two paid 10-minute breaks, or 20-minutes of paid break time. If you are being paid for a 30-minute break, you are actually coming out ahead on paid break time, even though your employer is not quite following the law.

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