If I work for a convenience store in 8 hour shifts with no meal break, is this legal?

UPDATED: Apr 16, 2011

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If I work for a convenience store in 8 hour shifts with no meal break, is this legal?

In VT.

Asked on April 16, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Vermont


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Under VT law, an employer is required to provide "reasonable opportunities" to eat and use toilet facilities.  However, neither state nor Federal law specifies a minimum break period or the identify of just what a "reasonable opportunity" is.  Rest periods and lunch breaks are provided at the discretion of the employer (i.e company policy) or under the terms and conditions of a union agreement or employment contract.  Other than for child labor, there is also no restriction on the number of hours and days an employee may be required to work without a rest period.  The employer may select the time/hour of the break(s.)  Federal law does state that if an employer provides a lunch break, it must pay the employee unless the break is at least 30 minutes long; if the lunch break is 30 minutes or longer than an employe does not have to be paid for that time.

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