I work full time as a driver for pizza hut.
The manager says if we want to take a lunch we have to grab our food, and eat it in our car and wait for our next delivery, or if he needs us.
So basically were on standby.
If I work 8 hours,
isnt there a law that says I get a break?
Or is my Pizza Hut manager right when he says we dont get breaks or lunches?
When must breaks and meal periods be given?
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require breaks or meal periods be given to workers. Some states may have requirements for breaks or meal periods. If you work in a state which does not require breaks or meal periods, these benefits are a matter of agreement between the employer and the employee (or the employee’s representative).
I never got a break when I delivered for Pizza Hut. Normally there was some sort of pizza laying around for the crew to eat. We also had plenty of slow time.
I don’t know about it being against the law. My advice to you is to take a break after you make a delivery. Just park your car somewhere and take a break or go to a fast food restaurant. Most managers don’t know exactly where every delivery is so they won’t notice if your 10 minutes late getting back.
I am sure you are NOT on the road delivering pizzas the whole 8 hours of your work shift. Do you wait IN the Resturant or outside in your car? Do they ask you to do anything else while waiting for an order to be delivered, like help in the kitchen? I would have thought, if you are a full time employee, and being paid a weekly salary, you should have a break time! In other words, what I am saying, you HAVE to be available for the full 8 hours, and just can’t wander off and do your personal shopping! Right!? You are using YOUR vehicle for their benefit, I hope they are paying the gas bill for you! Do they give you any kind of insurance in case you are mugged or, God forbid, killed!? It really is a dangerous job!
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That’s against the law. Depending on what state you’re in jobs are entitled to give you (at least a break) after 6 hours.
Go to your state’s website, look for their labor department, and search for workplace standards and such. They probably have a tab or link for information often asked by “employees”. You will find what you need there.
There is law that mandates breaks and meal periods, “even” for you.