FlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 13 Posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2123 times:
The acting manager of the store where I work just told me that it's the law that I have to take a lunch break. I've searched Alaska labor law to the best of my ability, and the only thing I can find about that is that employers must offer a lunch break for workers under 18, and that they may offer a lunch break for workers 18 and older. Quite frankly, I think he's full of hot air, and I'd much rather not take a lunch so that I can leave at 4. I work in an office, so it's not like I'm doing any sort of physical labor. I've been skipping lunch breaks for nearly a year now, and this is the first time anything has come up. The office manager, who doesn't work here anymore, didn't have a problem with it, and she's a real stickler for rules.
Is there any law (Alaska state or federal) that says that I must take a lunch break?
Mika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2791 posts, RR: 4 Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2058 times:
How can you stay a whole day at work without eating? If i dont get a proper meal into my systems at noonish i 90% of the times feel it by getting head aches and getting cranky later on in the afternoon.
Thanks for the link, I think I can find what I need there.
I understand that it's the manager's call, I just don't like being told it's some sort of law when it isn't. I will, however, raise hell if he requires just me to take lunches because nobody around here takes lunches but it sounds like he's just annoyed at me for not taking lunches.
Mika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2791 posts, RR: 4 Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1946 times:
Quoting FlyingNanook (Reply 4): I eat my lunch at my desk while working. I just can't figure out how to spend an hour long lunch break when I don't have a car at work to leave to do something (I walk to work).
That explains it. I thought you weren't eating at all
AirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 25 Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1931 times:
Normally, you dont have to take a lunch...but the law says that the employer is not obligated to pay you for your work DURING your lunch hour, which is pretty standard. So if you work during your lunch hour, you are working for free.
Take a lunch break, dont argue with the boss. Learned that the hard way!
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WindowSeat From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1309 posts, RR: 58 Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1906 times:
Do investigate the labor laws in Alaska but he might not be lying to you as you say he is. Here in California, it is a law that anyone working more than 6 hrs must take a 30 mins break. Also, the break must start between the 3rd and the 5th hour of work. The break must be a minimum of 30 mins for which the employee may not be paid. If neither of these laws are complied with, then the business faces a penalty. All break information needs to be documented carefully since there are many claims that arise (some legitimate and some fraudulent) in regards to break pay. The company may be doing the right thing, but once an audit is called for, the company pays in the millions in man hours and money to have an audit completed, which is why employers are very strict in this matter. You may be terminated for not following the law.
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Adh214 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 353 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1900 times:
If Alaska does not require a lunch break, the boss could say "You don't have to take a lunch break but I don't want you eating at your desk either." Let's face it how much work are you really getting done while you wolf down your sandwich.
Maybe you could compromise and take a 30 minute lunch.
If you are close enough to walk to work, why don't you walk home at lunch? Or if you must take a lunch break, why don't you try to make some friends at work and eat lunch with them?