Question by  katie15 (62)

What are Pennsylvania state law governing lunch breaks?

Do I have to work through lunch?


Answer by  rightlight (1053)

Pennslvania law does not stipulate that a job must give a lunch break to anyone above the age of 18. It does state that any break that lasts 20 minutes or less must be a paid break, even if it will be counted as a lunch break. But to answer your question, yes they can force you to work through-lunch.


Answer by  cdavisofgso (13)

Pennsylvania does not require meal periods. If an unpaid lunch is offered by your employer, that doesn't gaurantee you lunchtime. Many times you could be asked to stay late or work through lunch without extra pay. It's your choice, but remember it might work against you at your next review.


Answer by  Dean (4035)

The employer must have the regulations (federal and state) posted in an area where all employees can see them. There is no federal law requiring a lunch break. Pennsylvania state law doesn't require a lunch break. If you work through lunch, you are paid for that time.


Answer by  HelpChat (494)

National laws require 30 minutes of lunch every 8 hours and two 15 minutes breaks every four hours. These are not negotiable. As long as you are paid hourly.


Answer by  Balance2 (66)

The state of Pennsylvania does not require employers to provide lunch breaks for employees that are over the age of 18. If you are given a lunch break under 20 minutes then you may be required to work through it.


Answer by  junebug0720 (270)

Most states including Pennsylvania do not have laws that require breaks or lunches. It is in their best interest to allow their employees paid breaks and unpaid lunch periods but it is not required by law. Washington state is one of the few states that breaks and lunch are required by law.


Answer by  Gaur (7676)

If you are in another country, hopefully it will give you some ideas to consider and a basic education on general labor laws. Your employer must follow several sets of laws. Federal labor law applies to all employers in the United States. Each state also has its own additional requirements.

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