Can employers force you to take an hour long break on an 8 hour shift? 1 Answers as of May 10, 2016

I work an 8 hour shift as a nurse. We originally had 30 minute lunch break equaling to to 37.5 hours per week worked. Now we are being forced to take an hour lunch break because we run over 7.5 hours a day. Please take into consideration as a nurse we must give report to oncoming nurse and count narcotics. If a patient falls, gets sick etc. near end of shift then of course we run over. Is it legal to force us to take longer breaks?

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Breaks are not required under Federal law, except certain occupations. MS law does not address. Breaks are dictated by the employer. Traditionally, a 30 minute lunch and 15 minute breaks in the morning and afternoon. In a nursing context, the hours worked are more flexible than other jobs, due to factors that you mentioned. It is legal for your employer to require a 1 hour break. That is a good thing from the employer and employee standpoint, since it allows some rest time in a very intense atmosphere.
Answer Applies to: Mississippi
Replied: 5/10/2016
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