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  • Breaks/Lunches During Shifts Texas

    I work at a family-owned restaurant in Texas. Throughout the course of my employment, we have never been allowed to take breaks or lunches during our shifts (shifts range from 5-9 hours). I was under the impression that we were required by law to have breaks during shorter shifts or a lunch during longer shifts, but I don't know if that varies by company policy or if labor laws dictate that.

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    It varies by state. In Texas, it is up to the individual employer whether to provide breaks or not, and if so, for how long, when, and for which employees. State law in Texas does not require that you ever receive breaks. Federal law has some rules for IF breaks are offered, but Federal law does not require breaks either.
    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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      Texas has no law that requires lunch periods or breaks just to clarify.
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