Is it Illegal for Massachusetts Employees to Skip Their Meal Breaks?

by | Dec 25, 2023 | Employment Law |

Most, if not all people know that you are entitled to a lunch break while at work. As a matter of fact, it’s Massachusetts law that workers have a right to at least a 30-minute meal break for each six hours worked in a calendar day. This is according to During this meal break workers are supposed to surrender all job duties and they can even leave the job site to take their lunch. It’s basically free time for the employee. In some companies, the meal break is unpaid.

What is the Penalty to the Massachusetts Employer if They Don’t Grant The Time for Meal Breaks to Their Employees?

According to a few internet sources, an employer can be fined $300-$600 for denying employees their meal breaks.

Is It Illegal in Massachusetts for an Employee to Skip Their Meal Break and Work Through That Time?

According to, Massachusetts employees can work through their meal times but they must have an agreement with their employer to do this. If both parties agree and it’s a go, the employee will be paid.

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