Are employers required to give a 30 min lunch break for an 8 hour day?

Asked 3 months ago - Spring, TX

I live in Texas and while I was reading this I didn't notice anything stating a lunch break was required. We usually work through the whole 8 hour day without breaks or lunch is this legal?

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  1. Adam Kielich

    Contributor Level 18


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . No requirement for a lunch break unless you work under an employment contract that says otherwise.

  2. William Fulton Broemer

    Contributor Level 14


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    Answered . Neither Federal nor Texas law require employers to give employees breaks. If, however, the employee is unionized, his/her collective bargaining agreement may mandate break times. Additionally, if an employee requires breaks due to an established disability, he/she may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. I have posted, below, a link to the Department of Labor's web page regarding breaks.

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  3. Solomon Morrow

    Contributor Level 8

    Answered . As the other Attorneys stated, there is no law that requires a lunch break. You may want to review your employee handbook. Your employer may have established a policy for breaks.

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