Can a employer remove wages for lunch without you actually taking a lunch?

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Can a employer remove wages for lunch without you actually taking a lunch?

I work for x sport fitness as a
assistant general manager and my
overnight crew has been forced to take a
mandatory lunch break during their
shift. The only problem there is no one
to cover them for a actual break. Is
this legal?

Also. I’m a salaried employee. Can I be
forced to work more than 7 days straight
up to 3 weeks?

Asked on June 25, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, New York

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

1) Hourly employees must be paid for working through lunch if they have to work--i.e. no one covers for them, they are manning their posts, etc. To get an unpaid lunch break, they must not be working during that time.
2) A salaried worker can work 7 days a week, 52 weeks per year, without a break. There is no limit on how much or how often salaried staff can be made to work, and in NYC, 7 day/week work is not as uncommon as it should be--I've done it.


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