In some states, employee meal and rest break periods are required by law. Typically in these situations, state law dictates issues related to the frequency of breaks, length of break, and when breaks need to be taken.
Lawsuits where plaintiffs allege that all or some portion of their meal or rest break periods were missed or interrupted are common in these states. In these instances, employees generally allege that work related activities prevented them from taking a full, legally required break.
Our statistical and economic research provides a number of insights in wage and hour cases involving allegations of missed meal periods and rest breaks.