If I work for a convenience store in 8 hour shifts with no meal break, is this legal?
Under VT law, an employer is required to provide "reasonable opportunities" to eat and use toilet facilities. However, neither state nor Federal law specifies a minimum break period or the identify of just what a "reasonable opportunity" is. Rest periods and lunch breaks are provided at the discretion of the employer (i.e company policy) or under the terms and conditions of a union agreement or employment contract. Other than for child labor, there is also no restriction on the number of hours and days an employee may be required to work without a rest period. The employer may select the time/hour of the break(s.) Federal law does state that if an employer provides a lunch break, it must pay the employee unless the break is at least 30 minutes long; if the lunch break is 30 minutes or longer than an employe does not have to be paid for that time.