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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

10 Things You Need to Know Before You Demand Your Work Break

Almost everyone I talk to about this issue is absolutely sure they're entitled to two 15 minute work breaks and one lunch break a day. Almost everyone is wrong. Before you smart off to your boss who's demanding you return to work before you finish your coffee, here are 10 things you need to know about work breaks.

1. No work breaks required by federal law

No federal law requires any work breaks for meals or rest. Need a bathroom break? Not federally required. Can't hold it? Complain to your member of Congress.

2. Meal breaks
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3 comments:

  1. ohhhh, this post brings a bunch of memories back. lol
    after reading this i'm surprised that i wasn't fired more often than i was. lol

    tis a good topic, Donna. i think this addresses one of the myths that employees have. at least it does mine.

    should be one of the questions a potential employee should ask in interview.

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  2. I live in Washington state, and it shocks me that these sorts of breaks aren't part of the federal law.

    On a related note, when I looked up the laws I was shocked to see that there was no limit to the number of hours an employer could require you to work.

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  3. Mike, you're not alone. It's amazing how many people get fired for insisting on breaks they aren't entitled to, or for refusing to work overtime (another topic I should cover eventually).

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