How much break time must an employee get if they work in a convenience store?

I have an employee who takes a half hour to 45 minutes every night she works. She leaves the store and does not clock out. This employee works 6.5 to 7 hour shifts.

Asked on October 24, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Iowa

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

In IA neither meal or rest breaks are required. However, an employer that chooses to provide a meal break of 30 minutes or longer does not have to pay the employee for that time so long as the employee is relieved of all of their job duties. Breaks lasting from 5 to 20 minutes are considered part of the workday for which an employee must be paid.

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

In IA neither meal or rest breaks are required. However, an employer that chooses to provide a meal break of 30 minutes or longer does not have to pay the employee for that time so long as the employee is relieved of all of their job duties. Breaks lasting from 5 to 20 minutes are considered part of the workday for which an employee must be paid.


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