Methuen, MA asked in Employment Law for Massachusetts

Q: can an employee legally waive their break if working six hours or more?

would my employer get in trouble if i waived my breaks? i work 8 hours a day in MA and prefer to not take breaks

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A: Federal law does not require employers to offer any break periods to employees, so whether you are offered or take breaks does not give rise to any legal claim in and of itself. However, if you are told you must take breaks, then you can disciplined if you do not do so. In addition, while employers can deduct an uninterrupted break of 30 minutes or longer from your pay, if you have to work during your break, then you must be paid for this time.

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