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    I live in Idaho and work as a civilian in a correctional facility where I work 8 hour shifts. The other civilians were working 8.5 hour shifts with a 1/2 hour lunch. They recently changed all shifts to 8 hours, however, all other civilians still get lunch. Our department due to manning must take lunch in place. In effect all other civilians are working 7.5 and getting paid for 8. I have been told by my employers that they get lunch when there is no work pending, well, there is never work pending because while they are at lunch we ae required to cover them. Is there anything I can do?

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    If you are required to work at all during your lunch period, you are to be paid for that time. To find out more about meal periods, go to the U.S. Dept. of Labor website,, and the Idaho Dept. of Labor website, Also, you may want to go to this website,, to consider organizing your workplace or to just find out about issues regarding employees at other correctional facilities in the U.S.

    Good luck.
    In Solidarity,



    • #3

      Lunches are not required to be provided by Idaho employers to exempt or non-exempt employees. The only law that exists at the federal level says that if you take a lunch and it is interrupted by work needs so that you have less than 20 minutes uninterrupted time, you must be paid for that time.
      Lillian Connell

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