Are Employers Required to Give Lunch Breaks?
Do you know there is no federal law requiring businesses to give lunch breaks to employees? Each state decides whether or not lunch breaks are mandatory.
Currently, there are 19 states which require lunch breaks: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington D.C., and West Virginia. Florida, unfortunately, is not on the list.
However, many employers choose to give employees breaks. Consult with management or HR to know if you are allowed to take lunch or other breaks and if such breaks are paid or unpaid.