Is it illegal for our employer to dictate what time we can go to lunch?
Steve Duggan replies:
No, it’s not. So long as the employer is otherwise in compliance with state and federal laws concerning breaks and lunch periods, the employer can set the time to go. If the employee does not go at the required time, the employer still has to pay her for the time she worked and ensure she has the full time for lunch required by law, but can discipline her for not following the rules. Like most things at work, that decision is not up to the employee.
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