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    We pay employees for a 30 minute lunch break which is built into an 8 hour work day. However, sometimes it is necessary for employees to work through their lunch break. My understanding of the MA law is that if a person voluntarily works through lunch and I am paying them for that time then it's legal. My question is, should I have employees sign something stating that from time to time they might have to work through lunch, or does that defeat the idea of "voluntary." My concern is if someone refuses to work through their lunch- this would be a disaster based on the work that is done.

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    Don't make your job any harder than it has to be. I don't see any reason for having anything signed ahead of time.
    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.