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Law doesn't dictate rules on work breaks

Q. At the telemarketing company where I work, we have a 5{-hour shift four evenings a week as well as Saturdays during the day. We receive only one 10-minute paid break in the middle of each shift.

By law, shouldn't our breaks be longer or more frequent? We used to get two paid breaks when working shifts of this length, and the breaks lasted at least 15 and as long as 30 minutes.

A. Unless you're under the age of 18, there is no law that says your employer has to give you any breaks during work. The only legal requirement relates to unpaid breaks: They must be at least 30 minutes long.

Many people interpret that legal requirement as meaning employers have to give at least one 30-minute break during work hours, but that is not correct. If they're paying you, they're entitled to work you.

It's common for employers to give workers one or more 10- to 15-minute breaks, but they don't have to.

_ Orlando Sentinel

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