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and also never informed me that if I didn’t take a break the time would still be taken out even though I was still working through my break. After this time I was informed by a co-worker that they had been doing this, and I quickly asked my manager about this issue and was told it was my responsibility to take a break and not hers. This of course raised some questions for me, and Isought out answers on the New York State Department of Labor Website. The Law1According to Meal Period Guidelines - Section 162 of the New York State Labor Lawan employer is required to give an employee a 30 minute break if they work a shift longer than 6 hours that starts before 11am and ending after 2pm (NYSDOL, 2016). Employers can only allow the worker to not take a brake time if there is no one else to relieve them of their work or
ETHICAL ISSUES IN EMPLOYMENT LAW3they are the only person in a specific job. In this case employee must be paid though their entire shift, without a break being taken out automatically. The Law and My Situation.According to the law my employer should have given every employee an opportunity to take a break during their work shift. It is also their responsibility to inform employees of these laws and regulations. Also according to Section 162 of the labor laws they were required to pay