Wht is the law regarding meal breaks?

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Wht is the law regarding meal breaks?

My boss has me work 6 hours at 1 location with no meal break. Then travel to another location within a half hour and work another 4 hours without a meal. Am I entitled to a break before starting my 4 hour shift? I do not get paid to travel between jobs either.

Asked on June 23, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Massachusetts

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country, an employee is required to have at least a ten (10) minute break for each four (4) hours of work to be done after the passage of two (2) hours of work.

As to a meal break, an employee is required to have at least a thirty (30) minute meal break after working four (4) hours into an eight (8) hour plus shift. From what you have written, it appears that you may be owed overtime for the hours you have worked if not paid time and a half for any time worked more than eight (8) hours per day and forty (40) hours in a working week.

I suggest that you consult further with an employment attorney about your question or your local department of labor.


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