I worked out an agreement with my manager (and my manager's manager) about my work hours. We agreed to a 7am to 3pm work day, Monday through Friday. I am an exempt employee in the state of Texas.
Recently, my manager was approached by our HR department that I *HAD* to take a 30 minute lunch break.
I was under the impression that Texas does not have any state laws requiring mandatory lunch breaks. As well, I did go over our company policy - we do not have any company policy that states any mandatory lunch break (for exempt or non-exempt).
My manager and her manager replied back to the HR group that my hours would be 7am to 3:30pm, and they told me privately, that I could take my lunch at 3pm.
The HR group found this out and are now saying that I cannot take a lunch at 3:00pm.
To note - there are others in my organization that work flexible hours - monday through friday 9 to 5pm, a few others working monday through friday 7 to 3pm, as well as those working monday through thursday 9 to 5 with no work day on friday (their total hours are 32).
We are in a small company - about 75 people in the organization.
Is there any state or federal law that mandates a 30 minute lunch break for exempt employees? If the company does not have a stated policy on it, what is the HR department's ground for forcing this rule on me?
Thank you in advance.