You may be surprised to learn that there is no lunch break federal requirement.
The proposals gained momentum beginning in the 2011 session.
Three states passed legislation in 2011, four states enacted laws in 2012, two states passed legislation in 2013, and three states passed legislation in 2014, bringing the total number of states to twelve.
In recent years, nearly all states have proposed some form of drug testing or screening for applicants.
In 2009, over 20 states proposed legislation that would require drug testing as a condition of eligibility for public assistance programs. None of these proposals became law because most of the legislation was focused on “suspicionless” or “random” drug testing, which is at odds with a 2003 Michigan Court of Appeals case. Howard ruled that subjecting every welfare applicant in Michigan to a drug test without reason to believe that drugs were being used, was unconstitutional.
Arkansas passed SB 123 making their drug testing program permanent.
Legislative proposals: At least 17 states had proposals in 2016 to address substance abuse and drug testing for welfare programs.
And interestingly, a Zogby study found that 90% of salaried workers held an hourly job at one time in their life.
As you can see, lunch break labor laws are a key topic for everyone.
Generally speaking, if you are completely relieved from work duties for 30 minutes or more, you do not have to be paid for that time. Most workers don’t expect to be paid for their lunch time.
But if you are not relieved from duty, your employer must compensate you.
The state has sued the federal government seeking clarity on the federal law.