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    My private employer is now making us take a half hour unpaid lunch break in the middle of the day on our time sheet, whether we actually take a break or not. In Maryland, for a full 8 hour day is there a mandatory lunch break that the employer has to offer? additionally, are there any mandatory paid breaks that must be given in an 8+ hour shift? The company is claiming it is Maryland labor law that they give and we take a 30 minute unpaid lunch break.

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    Originally posted by bristola View Post
    My private employer is now making us take a half hour unpaid lunch break in the middle of the day on our time sheet, whether we actually take a break or not. In Maryland, for a full 8 hour day is there a mandatory lunch break that the employer has to offer? additionally, are there any mandatory paid breaks that must be given in an 8+ hour shift? The company is claiming it is Maryland labor law that they give and we take a 30 minute unpaid lunch break.
    There are no meal or rest breaks required by law for adults in the state of Md. (unless you have a binding employment contract or CBA guaranteeing them)

    However; if your employer requires you to take a lunch break, you must take one or you can be disciplined up to & including being terminated for not doing so. However; if you are a non-exempt employee & work through your lunch break, you must be paid for that time. You can be disciplined for not taking the break but you must be paid for it if you work through it. A non-exempt employee must be paid for all hrs. worked.
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