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  • Breaks and lunch time- Colorado

    I work in a retail drugstore as an assistant manager. Two questions:

    1) Last night at another store, an assistant manager got into trouble for taking a cigarette break outside. She was told that she is not allowed to leave the store.
    In Colorado they are required to provide a 10 minute paid break for every 4 hours worked. If we are on one of these breaks, is it alright for them to require that you stay within the building, in case there is a call that we need to attend to (refund, change, question, etc)?

    2) They require us to take a 30 minute lunch break, which I realize is within the law.
    My problem is that there are days that the only other manager leaves 2 hours after the start of your shift, so we are required to take our lunch break at 3:30, an hour and a half after starting work, and the morning manager must wait until 3:00 to take their break. The only other option is to take your break while alone, and must respond to calls while off the clock on your lunch break. Can the company require you to take your break after only working for an hour and a half, or wait until you've been there for 7 1/2 hours?

    Thank you in advance

    (Also, we are not salaried, we are hourly employees)

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    1. Yes they may require that you stay in the building; if smoking is not allowed in the building, tough break.

    2. Yes. Very few states specify WHEN during the shift the required meal period must be provided and Colorado is not one of them.
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      Note link below which includes information on Colorado meal & rest periods.

      http://www.coworkforce.com/LAB/wageorderfactsheet.pdf
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        Originally posted by Betty3 View Post
        Note link below which includes information on Colorado meal & rest periods.

        http://www.coworkforce.com/LAB/wageorderfactsheet.pdf
        Yep, that's where I got it.
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          Just giving the reference (complete reference).
          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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