Marc Mandelman Speaks with Today about the State of the Lunch Hour in America


Marc A. Mandelman, a Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice, in the firm’s New York office, was quoted by Today, in “America’s Lunch Hour on the Endangered List,” by Eve Tahmincioglu.

Following is an excerpt:

There are no federal laws mandating lunch breaks. “It’s actually something that’s regulated on a state-by-state basis,” said Marc Mandelman …

In New York, he explained, “you have to provide at least a half an hour lunch break to employees in most situations. But depending on the industry, there may be different requirements.”

There are 22 states with some sort of meal-break mandates on the books, according to Department of Labor data. See this chart to find out if your state is one of them.

Most white-collar jobs, Mandelman continued, generally provide about an hour for meal breaks.