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    i work in michigan and work a 8 1/2 hour day with the 1/2 hour unpaid for a lunch period and no other breaks. i work 4 hours then get the 1/2 hour break than work 4 more hours. the rumor is that the employer must provide a break every two hours. is this true?

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    Michigan

    Not true. Michigan doesn't require an employer provide any meal or rest periods, unless the employee is a minor.
    Lillian Connell

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      Mandatory Lunch Break

      If an employee does not want to take a Lunch Break, can an employer in Maryland force them to do so?

      If we state that a shift is 7:00am - 3:30pm with 2 15 minute paid breaks and 1 30 minute unpaid break, can the employer force the employee not to work for that 30 minutes?

      The employee wants to work through both breaks and lunch so he can leave @ 3:00 pm.

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        If an employee does not want to take a Lunch Break, can an employer in Maryland force them to do so? Absolutely. The employer determines the work schedule and hours of work - including any mandatory rest or meal breaks.

        If we state that a shift is 7:00am - 3:30pm with 2 15 minute paid breaks and 1 30 minute unpaid break, can the employer force the employee not to work for that 30 minutes? Yes.

        The employee wants to work through both breaks and lunch so he can leave @ 3:00 pm. Whether you wish to allow that is entirely up to the employer.

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          By the way - and you may already have thought of this - allowing an employee to work eight hours straight with no break is not wise. The employee will be more prone to physical injury (if he works in any kind of "labor" capacity) and more prone to making errors due to mental fatigue regardless of the type of work he does.

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