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  • Texas - Required to take lunch breaks? Texas

    Are hourly employees required by law to take at least a 30 minute lunch break during the day? I would like to work through my lunch some days to meet my 40 hours per week, but my boss is telling me it is law that I must sign out for at least 30 minutes a day....most of the time I end up signing out because I have to (not taking a lunch and simply wasting time that could be spent working). Please advise.

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    Although there is no law in Texas requiring that an employee be granted lunch breaks, it is up to the employer, not the employee, what hours are worked, and that includes breaks.

    So even though your employer is mistaken about the law, if he says you have to take a lunch break, you have to take a lunch break.
    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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