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nuclearlemon
09-02-2009, 02:47 PM
does anybody know colorado labor laws, specifically concerning meal times and locations? colorado dol is blocked at work:rolleyes:

nakman
09-02-2009, 03:10 PM
What's the real question? you aren't actually required to take a lunch..

http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/workhours/breaks.htm


Work Hours

Breaks & Meal Periods

DOL Web Pages on This Topic
Laws and Regulations on This Topic
Federal law does not require lunch or coffee breaks. However, when employers do offer short breaks (usually lasting about 5 to 20 minutes), federal law considers the breaks as compensable work hours that would be included in the sum of hours worked during the work week and considered in determining if overtime was worked. Unauthorized extensions of authorized work breaks need not be counted as hours worked when the employer has expressly and unambiguously communicated to the employee that the authorized break may only last for a specific length of time, that any extension of the break is contrary to the employer's rules, and any extension of the break will be punished.

Bona fide meal periods (typically lasting at least 30 minutes), serve a different purpose than coffee or snack breaks and, thus, are not work time and are not compensable.


However employment practices can vary.. I know here we pretty much require a 30 minute lunch for everyone who works beyond 5 hours, and would only allow someone to work through lunch and leave early by exception. But that may not be the answer to your question...

nakman
09-02-2009, 03:14 PM
http://www.dol.gov/esa/whd/state/meal.htm#Colorado

Colorado
hour after 5 hours, except when workday will be completed in 6 hours or less. On-duty meal period counted as time worked and permitted when nature of work prevents relief from all duties.

Administratively issued Wage Order for 7 industries

Applicable to retail trade, food and beverage, public housekeeping, medical profession, beauty service, laundry and dry cleaning, and janitorial service industries. Excludes certain occupations, such as teacher, nurse, and other medical professionals.

MDH33
09-02-2009, 03:16 PM
There are also union/job specific contracts and state laws.

nuclearlemon
09-02-2009, 05:38 PM
no union, but i thought i remembered something about where employers can require employees to take lunch. our new as...mgr is eliminating our lunch table in the warehouse and has said we need to go upstairs and eat our lunch in the drivers lounge (with the customers).

a few of us are pretty sure we remember something about the laws stating an appropriate area away from customers, but i can't find it on us dol website (since lunchbreaks are regulated at the state level) and i can't get into the state websight.

nuclearlemon
09-02-2009, 05:40 PM
What's the real question? you aren't actually required to take a lunch..

...

i'm not required to, but state law says they must give me a lunch break.

Beater
09-02-2009, 06:57 PM
no union, but i thought i remembered something about where employers can require employees to take lunch. our new as...mgr is eliminating our lunch table in the warehouse and has said we need to go upstairs and eat our lunch in the drivers lounge (with the customers).

a few of us are pretty sure we remember something about the laws stating an appropriate area away from customers, but i can't find it on us dol website (since lunchbreaks are regulated at the state level) and i can't get into the state websight.

it's been a long time since I managed hourly workers, so the things may have changed, but is nothing that I remember about breaks being mandated to be in an "appropriate area". Food and beverage industry alone would fail over this one. The last 15 years or so I have been involved with "exempt" workers.

I think you are remembering a policy, not a law. but I am definitely no expert.

chtucker
09-02-2009, 08:37 PM
You mean that I have to stop the truck?

I work for the State and we ignore every overtime, on-call, lunch break, OSHA, ANSI, UL, and building code that ever existed...

Never thought "Electronics Specialist" meant plumber, electrician or mechanic...