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    Is there a required amount of time between shifts? I have been scheduled to work a 5pm to 1am shift, and told I would have to stay until all work has been finished, which could be as late as 4am. Then scheduled to open the store at 9:30am the next morning. I was also told I could not take the usual 45 minute dinner break, but to only take a 20 minute break. This has happened several times. Is this legal here in Massachusetts.

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    It is legal in all 50 states. No law in any state has any requirements for any particular number of hours between shifts, with very few, industry specific exceptions for jobs like airline pilots and truck drivers.
    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.

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      If the work is more than six hours, the lunch break should be at least a half hour.

      It is not required to be 45 minutes, though, and if the employer has allowed that much in the past, it is not illegal for the company to cut back temporarily or on a permanent basis.
      Senior Professional in Human Resources and Certified Staffing Professional with over 30 years experience. Any advice provided is based upon experience and education, but does not constitute legal advice.

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        Sorry, I missed the part about the break. See what happens when I try to answer questions at 2:30 in the morning!
        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.

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