Everyone needs a break, the problem is who determines if you get one? The changes greatly state by state, but the federal restaurant labor laws should keep you and your manager honest.
With 35% of states, of 20 states highlighted by the Department Of Labor, requiring to give hourly employees half an hour break if working for five consecutive hours- do you fall into the majority?
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The required time worked before a break starts at a break for five hours to the first break starting at eight hours! More breaks can always be offered, just not enforced.
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