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    I work in a distribution warehouse. We get (1) 20 minute break for an 8 hour shift. The company will put a 5 day schedule up on Fri, change it to 6 on Sat, and post a 7 day schedule on Mon, never verbally telling us anything. We have a pre-shift meeting and on several occassions the management will tell us that they are inventing a new policy and to consider this our Verbal Warning. We sometimes work 2 or more 7 day work weeks in a row. This just ain't right. What laws are they violating and how can I fix it?

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    Colorado: Employers are required to give a meal period of 30 min. if an employee works in excess of 5 hours. If the nature of the job doesn't allow for an uninterrupted meal period, the employee must be permitted to consume an "on duty" meal while performing duties. Such a meal period must be paid time. Also, every employer is required to provide a rest period in the middle of each four-hour work period. Moreover, a compensated 10 min. period for every 4 hrs. worked is permitted for all employees. Applies to public & private employers with various exceptions incl. elected officials & their staffs. Covers only the following four industries: retail and service, commercial support service, food and beverage, and health and medical. Administrative, executive/supervisor, professional, and outside sales employees are exempt.

    Otherwise, I don't see anything illegal your employer is doing in your post. You can be required to work as many hrs./days as your employer asks/requires you to. There are only a few occupations that have a limit as to max. # of hrs./time that can be worked (airline pilot for example).
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      Breaks for Colorado

      Hello, I am keeping my real name hidden atm. I work in Early Childcare and at this time I work 4-10 hour shifts. I eat my meals with the children or I eat it while they are resting. But here is the problem that I have. My current boss has told me that I am only allowed to take 2-5 min breaks. I was taking 3-5 min breaks (1 in the morning around 10:30, next @ 12:30 or 1:00, and then again @ 3:30ish). When I told them that they are required to give me at least 2 10 min breaks, they explained that if they gave everyone a 10 min break they would have to have someon moving around from classroom to classroom for 1 1/2 hours. I have been trying to do some research on Colorado Labor Laws for break requirements, but every thing I find says that teachers, medical, etc. are exempt from this. Can someone shed some light on this because I am very frustrated.

      In need of some help,

      Schuyla

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        Schuyla - Would you please start your own new thread. You added to another poster's thread from 2-2008. Thanks.
        Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

        Live in peace with animals. Animals bring love to our hearts and warmth to our souls.

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