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  • Lunch Break in Ohio

    Hourly workers are have to clock out for lunch. Lunch break is 30 minutes and starts at 5:30. The problem that has arisen, is there is also another shift form another deptment using the same time clock to go home. The line is very long at the time clock so most people end up clocking out up to 10 minutes late and are getting only 20 minutes for lunch. My question is. Does the 30 minutes start at 5:30 or when they are reasonably able to clock out?

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  • #2
    It depends entirely on your employer's policy. Lunch breaks are not mandated or regulated by law in Ohio.
    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.


    • #3
      Ok now I'm confused. Does Ohio not require a 30 min break per every 8 hours of work time?


      • #4
        No, they don't.

        Now, I may have a little different take on the "lining up to use the time clock" issue. Seems to me that this would be work time. The employee is not getting the benefit of the meal period if 10 minutes of it is waiting to clock out. However, I suggest you call the federal Dept. of Labor and query this situation. They may tell you I'm barking up the wrong telephone pole. 1-800-4USADOL.
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        • #5
          I it very interesting about the lunch break. I never knew that. I will call the number tomarrow. I you like I'll let know what they said. Thanks for the help and enlightenment.


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