Should there be a law for meals and lunches?

United States
April 2, 2010 10:59pm CST
I do not know about other states, but in Arizona, there is no law against working an employee for twenty-four hours straight with no breaks or lunches. Does anyone else think that this is barbaric and slave-like? Furthermore, there are no federal laws on this either. It's crazy!
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@laydee (12809)
• Philippines
3 Apr 10
Whoah! That's really crazy! There are laws on those in our country and I'm wondering why there are no laws on those? I could well understand 24-hours shifts because that usually happens in the medical field, but no breaks and lunches? That's absurd.
• United States
12 Apr 10
I worked in group homes for sixteen-hour shifts. We were not allowed to leave unless properly staffed, which they refused to do because it would cost them extra money. We technically did not have any meals or breaks during that sixteen hour shift. However, I have to say that there was not always something to do, so we would all lay down and watch television with our individuals (the developmentall disabled). Anyway, I got fired for it, so I wanted to file a complaint with the department of labor. That is when they informed me that there are no laws regarding this issue.
• United States
3 Apr 10
i used to live in tucson,and as far as i know there IS a federal law. it's a 15 minute minimum break per 4 to 6 hours,one 30 per 8 hour shift. however,they hope and strongly imply you work through it,and "make it up at end of shift"..i ran into that many a time on weekends especially.they think you won't fight because of that "right to work" (which means right to fire)crap there.
• United States
12 Apr 10
I called both the state department of labor, and the federal department of labor. There are no laws regarding this issue. I was going to file a suit with the department of labor, but they told me there really was no point since there was not a law regulating this.