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I work 10.5 hours a day with an hour for lunch
If i am entitled to 2 15 minutes breaks and a
30 minute lunch break But i asked my
employer if i could take the full hour for my
lunch and he said that was fine. I work 9.5
hours a day with my lunch break making it 10.5
hours. So i should be paid for 9.5 hours correct

Asked on April 27, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Tennessee

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

In TN, the law requires employers to provide a meal break but no rest breaks. Accordingly, employers must provide a 30-minute break to workers who are scheduled to work at least 6 consecutive hours. Further, this break may be unpaid.  There are no state requirements for additional breaks. However, to the extent that an employer chooses to provide addtional shorter breaks (up to 20 minutes), then under federal law they must be paid.


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