Littleton, CO asked in Employment Law for Colorado

Q: Can employer change my time card to say i took a longer lunch than I actually did?

My employer says that they have to give us 30 minute lunches no matter what. In the past I have taken a 15 minute unpaid break and gone and clocked back into work. My employer went in after and changed my time card to say that I actually took a 30 minute unpaid meal and said that they have to make lunch 30 minutes regardless of how long i was actually clocked out. Is this legal?

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A: Break times of 30 minutes or more can be unpaid, but this must be an "uninterrupted" break. If you have to work during any portion of the 30 minutes, you must be paid for the time you work. However, your employer can adopt a policy prohibiting employees from working during their lunch breaks, such that employees could be subject to discipline if they work during their break without permission.

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