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    IL Lunch law legalities

    As a non-exempt office worker I need LEGAL clarification, as opposed to corporate policies, regarding the proper use of the "lunch law" in Illinois. This is from the standpoint of one who does NOT want to take lunch.

    I would like a LEGAL read on 1. Why it is so impossible for an employee voluntarily to waive this; AND 2. Why can employees be forced to take beyond what is legally mandated, 20 minutes?

    Especially in offices where there is nowhere but the cafeteria to go, there's no way around it -- by inserting an unpaid break into the middle of a workday employers are in effect mandating an 81/2 to 9 hour workday.

    I do not want my work day interrupted by a forced break. I want to work 8 and go home. Far from being a law to protect workers from overzealous managers, it is being used by employers to stretch the employees' work day to 81/2 or 9 hours, with unpaid time in the middle, so that the employers have "coverage" for a longer period of time. The current administration of this law is not protecting employees; it's being used as a cudgel by employers to force employees into longer days.
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