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  • Question regarding Lunch Periods New Hampshire

    Where I work, ( im still a minor if it makes a difference ) on Sundays I usually work a 7-3 shift, or if not that a 12-8 shift. Every time I work the 7-3 shift they give an hour unpaid lunch.

    When I get the 12-8 shift which are the same amount of hours as 7-3 a certain boss says you only get a 30 minute break.

    Why this confuses me, is on my schedule it says under the shift 7 hours. Since 12-8 is an eight hour shift that means Im entitled an hour lunch and they are technically making me work 30 more minutes that I am scheduled which is 7.5 hours.

    The word around the people I work with is that if you work 7 or more hours you get an hour so 7.5 would still fall under the hour shift. So I was wondering if anybody knew the specifics? Thanks.

  • #2
    Under the law in New Hampshire, an employee who works more than 5 hours consecutively is entitled to a 30 minute meal period. I cannot find anything to suggest that there are different rules for minors. As long as you are receiving a 30 minute break within a shift, it really doesn't matter if you are working 7 hours or 7.5 hours; the employer is legal either way.

    If your question is whether or not it is legal to have a different length lunch break depending on which shift you are on, it is, as long as that break is at least 30 minutes for every 5 hours.
    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.


    • #3
      Also, just to be clear, is the OP being paid for all hours worked?
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      • #4
        I Dont get paid for the time on Lunch but I do for all other hours, What I was informed by the other people I work with was the hour for a 7 or longer shift, but I wasnt sure.


        • #5
          Unpaid is ok for lunch as long as you don't do any work during your lunch break.
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