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    I was told that I am not allowed to leave the premises during my break. We are allowed 2 10 minute breaks a day and a one hour lunch (must clock out for lunch but not breaks).

    Is this legal? Can they tell me not to leave the premises during a break?

    Thanks,

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    Originally posted by Bjg View Post
    IIs this legal? Can they tell me not to leave the premises during a break?

    Thanks,
    Legal under federal rules. State rules can be different. Florida is not my state, but it has a reputation for being "just like federal" for most labor law purposes. It is possible but not likely that Florida has a law to the contrary.

    http://www.dol.gov/dol/allcfr/Title_...9CFR785.19.htm

    (b) Where no permission to leave premises. It is not necessary that an employee be permitted to leave the premises if he is otherwise completely freed from duties during the meal period.
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      meal/break periods Fl. - No state law except in the context of employing minors (between the ages of 14 & 17). State law requires minors to be given a 30-min. break if the minor has worked for any four-hr. stretch.
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        In other words...

        If there is no law against it, they can do it.
        Not everything that makes you mad, sad or uncomfortable is legally actionable.

        I am not now nor ever was an attorney.

        Any statements I make are based purely upon my personal experiences and research which may or may not be accurate in a court of law.

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        • #5
          Since FL has no laws requiring breaks for adult employees at all, yes, they get to make the rules about it. Yes, they can require that you stay on the premises.
          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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