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    Does an employer have to give 15 minute breaks if working an 8 hour shift. I do get a 30 minute unpaid lunch, but I also thought an employer in Fl. is required to give at least and additional 15 minute paid bread if working over 7 hours. Is this required?

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    Neither Federal nor Florida law requires that you be given breaks of any kind. Not meal breaks, not rest breaks, not smoke breaks, no breaks at all. If you are getting a 30 minute lunch break, you are getting more breaks than the law in your state requires. Regardless of the length of your shift.

    BTW, with the exception of certain hotel employees in IL, NO adult employees of private employers anywhere in the US are entitled by law to 15 minute breaks twice a day. A very small handful of states (I believe it was 6 last time I counted) requires two 10 minute breaks for an eight hour day, but the 15 minute mandatory break is one of the biggest myths of employment law.

    Do I think this is a good idea? No. I would make the 15 minute mandatory break law if it were in my power, as well as 30 minute lunch breaks (which are also not required by Federal law or by the laws of many states). But until some enlightened future president sees fit to appoint me Secretary of Labor, we're stuck with the law as it is.
    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.

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    • #3
      Fl. only requires that minors (14-17) be given a 30-min. break if the minor worked for any 4 hr. stretch.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by cbg View Post
        But until some enlightened future president sees fit to appoint me Secretary of Labor, we're stuck with the law as it is.
        He didn't call you?
        I don't respond to Private Messages unless the moderator specifically refers you to me for that purpose. Thank you.

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          & I even wrote the President suggesting cbg.
          Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

          Live in peace with animals. Animals bring love to our hearts and warmth to our souls.

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          • #6
            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.

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