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Working 12 hours with no break

I’m routinely left at work by myself for an entire shift with no ability to take a break. My boss either leaves early, or chooses not to come in. I cannot leave to get a snack or meal. I do get paid, but I would like to be able to leave the building to get a bottle of water Is this legal in Massachusetts?

Asked on May 26, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

In MA, most employers must allow employees to take a 30-minute meal break, if they will work for more than 6 hours. This time is unpaid, unless the employer chooses to pay workers for breaks. If you are required to work through your lunch break, you are entitled to payment for that time, even if you can sneak a sandwich in with your work duties. State law does not require employers to provide rest breaks, either paid or unpaid.


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