Workers in New York have very specific rights under the law. It’s imperative that all employers understand what those rights are so they can ensure compliance.
One area of the law that might be misunderstood is the meal and rest period requirements. These requirements are for workers who don’t have a job in a factory setting.
What are the guidelines for non-factory workers?
Non-factory workers must have a 30-minute meal break between the hours of 11:00 in the morning and 2:00 in the evening if their shift is six hours or longer. For shifts that start between 1:00 in the afternoon and 6:00 in the morning, a worker is required to have a 45-minute meal break halfway through their shift if the shift is six hours or more. Some workers are entitled to both of those breaks, depending on their shift length and when they clock in.
Are there any other special guidelines employers should know?
There is a requirement that applies to all workers for an additional meal break on top of the primary meal period. This covers workers who work from before 11:00 in the morning until after 7:00 in the evening. They are required to have a 20-minute meal period between 5:00 and 7:00 in the evening.
Employers must ensure they provide employees with the required meal and rest periods or they risk running afoul of labor laws. The law is very clear about these requirements and what employers must do if they can’t comply with them. Working with a person who is familiar with New York labor laws is beneficial since these cases can become complex and protecting your company is your priority.