Meal Breaks (M.G.L.
c. 149, ss. 100-102)
- Employers, with some exceptions, must provide at least a 30-minute unpaid meal break to those employees working more than six hours in a day. If the employee's movement is restricted during the meal break or if the employee is required to perform any job function during the break, he must be paid for the meal period.
This statute does not apply to iron works, glass works, paper mills, letterpress establishments, print works, bleaching works or dyeing works. The Attorney General may grant exemptions to other factories, workshops or mechanical establishments if necessary due to the continuous nature of their processes or other special circumstances.
If a minor without the knowledge of the employer works during a part of any time allowed for meals despite the posting of the required notice, the employer will not be held responsible.
Any employer, superintendent or agent who violates this statute will be punished by a fine of not less than three hundred dollars nor more than six hundred dollars.
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