Mapleton, IA asked in Employment Law for Iowa

Q: I live in Iowa my employer gives me a 15 and 20 minute paid break but takes a half hour out of my daily pay for a meal

break .IAM paid hourly .Is this leagal

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A: The answer to this question depends on whether you are actually able to take the half-hour lunch break in addition to your 15 and 20-minute paid breaks. Breaks of 20 minutes or less must be paid, but breaks of half and hour or longer can be unpaid, as long as you are completely relieved of any work duties during this break time. If half an hour is being deducted from your pay but you are not actually allowed to take this break time (or are required to perform any work during this break time), then this time cannot be deducted.

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