Do they pay you for your lunch as a break or is it unpaid?
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Generally, NY Labor law does require a meal break. The length of the meal break depends in part on the time the shift begins and ends. If an employee works a shift of more than six hours, which includes the hours between 11 in the morning and and 2 in the afternoon, the employee is entitled to at least thirty minutes off within that period for the meal period.
An employee working a shift starting before 11 in the morning and
continuing later than 7 in the evening is allowed an additional meal period
of at least twenty minutes between five and seven o’clock in the evening.
If an employee starts a shift between the hours of 1 in the afternoon and 6 in the morning, the employee shall be allowed forty-five minutes for a meal period midway between the beginning and end of a shift.
There are instances where the Department of Labor may permit a shorter time to be fixed for meal periods or in some limited instances permit the meal to be eaten on the job.
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