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  • Forced to Take Lunch

    I was wondering does Alabama have a mandatory lunch law? Do you have to take it or does it just have to be offered? My husband has been working for this company for 8 years and they now have a new manager. He is on the road constantly and really has no time to take a lunch in order to get through his job in a reasonable amount of time. Now they are demanding him to sign a piece of paper stating that Alabama requires employees to take atleast one hour for lunch.

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    The state of Alabama does not require a one-hour lunch; no state does, with one industry-specific exception in NY. However, if the employer wants to require a one-hour lunch, they may do so regardless of whether the law mandates it or not. The employer, not the employee, designates hours worked and that includes breaks.
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.


    • #3
      What kind of work does your husband do?