Hello, I am enquiring if lunch breaks are mandatory in the state of New Mexico.
Currently I work around 80 hours (not more). My employer is asking that I take a 30 minute lunch break everday so that they will not get in trouble.
I was told that you are required to have 2 15 minute breaks or a 30 minute lunch break (which I do not want to have to take)
I have looked up this information on a few websites
and the NM Department of LaborNew Mexico. A provision applicable to females and administratively extended to men does not require a meal period, but provides that when a meal period is granted (in industrial, mercantile and certain service industries), it must be at least ½ hour, not counted as time worked.
and the answer seems to be that I do not have to take a 30 minute lunch break if I do not want to.Q. Does an employer have to give lunch breaks, coffee breaks or rest periods?
A. No. There is no statute that requires an employer to provide such breaks; however, deductions cannot be made from wages if less than 30 minutes is allowed for the breaks.
is this correct?