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Do you often not get to take an actual break at your work? I mean like a lunch break. Do you still have to fill out your timesheet as though you took one even if you haven't? Has anything happened because of it?
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[User Picture]From: madscience
2012-11-09 02:52 am (UTC)

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Everywhere I've ever lived, breaks were mandatory. An employer can get into a ton of trouble for even suggesting that you work through a break. The few places I've worked that ever tried to get away with bending this rule were nonprofits.

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[User Picture]From: vinolent
2012-11-09 02:52 am (UTC)

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I can't recall a time that I ever took a break

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[User Picture]From: lillyluna
2012-11-09 02:53 am (UTC)

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Pretty much every day. I have supervision during most recesses and then by the time I've dressed my students to go outside for lunch recess and then unlocked my classroom door, opened yogurts and tupperware containers and solved "HE WOULDN'T LET ME PLAY WITH HIM" fights and get ice for kids who got hit in the face with a ball I usually have like five minutes to eat my lunch.

I don't fill time sheets ever.
[User Picture]From: atheistkathleen
2012-11-09 02:55 am (UTC)

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aw that's a bummer :(
[User Picture]From: lillyluna
2012-11-09 03:10 am (UTC)

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It's the best diet ever?
[User Picture]From: atheistkathleen
2012-11-09 03:30 am (UTC)

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lol!
[User Picture]From: e_y_d
2012-11-09 02:57 am (UTC)

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I've never not been ABLE to take a break, bust sometimes I decide not to take one just cause I don't feel like having a break. On my invoices I only subtract the number of minutes I actually spent on break, normally between 10 and 20.
[User Picture]From: 911pleasehold
2012-11-09 03:03 am (UTC)

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I'm a server. I clock in when I get to work, out when I leave. I don't take a lunch break and I'm not forced to, or even really offered the opportunity to.

I used to work at a place like that, where if you didn't even actually get your lunch, that was just too bad since you'd only be scheduled to work x hours per week, and anything outside of that (without approval) would not be paid. lol.
[User Picture]From: h20
2012-11-09 03:04 am (UTC)

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No, I always take an hour break. We're encouraged to do so. There have been a few times where I've eaten at my lunch so I could get out an hour early, but I'm told not to make a habit of it.

My boss told me to fill out my time sheet as if I worked 9 to 5, but I actually work 8:30 to 5:30 and take an hour lunch break.
[User Picture]From: holidaylights
2012-11-09 03:05 am (UTC)

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I'm not hourly, so I don't have to worry about timesheets, but when it's busy I end up working through lunch and just eating at my desk quite a bit.
[User Picture]From: erroroperator
2012-11-09 03:15 am (UTC)

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I work in retail. I'm required to take an unpaid 30 minute break if I work more than 5 hours and 30 minutes. If I have to work through that break, I'm compensated for it. I clock out when I break starts and I clock in again when my break is over, but only if I actually take one.
[User Picture]From: box_of_rocks
2012-11-09 03:48 am (UTC)

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We are strongly, strongly encouraged to take a full hour lunch. I'm salaried so if it's busy I'll cut it short, just so I don't have to stay late, but usually I take my hour. I don't fill out a timesheet or clock in.
[User Picture]From: r4wrdinosaur
2012-11-09 03:59 am (UTC)

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I work through my break sometimes and leave a little early. Or some times I skip lunch entirely because we're busy and I want the overtime. I know it's against the law, but I like that my work lets me do it. I've never been reprimanded, and it's never been an issue. Some people take a break every day at the same time, no matter how busy we are. It's pretty lax so people can do whatever they want.
[User Picture]From: stripedbeauty
2012-11-09 04:12 am (UTC)

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Besides quick smoke breaks, we don't have lunch breaks and 10 minute breaks.
[User Picture]From: bad_lcuk
2012-11-09 04:23 am (UTC)

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Yes, all the time. My work isnt scheduled and regulated. I take breaks when i need them. Breaks include lunch, standing, walking around, getting coffee, team building, etc etc. We dont track our hours (well, i track mine) so.

But when i was unionized it was huge shit if you didnt take proper breaks at proper times.
[User Picture]From: phronistes
2012-11-09 05:05 am (UTC)

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I only get a break, for sure, when I'm working a ten hour day shift. And otherwise, I can get a break if I ask. But I haven't of recent. Just hasn't occured to me.
[User Picture]From: mprfctn
2012-11-09 06:11 am (UTC)

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i work in a small retail store where there's at most two people working at a time. we never get breaks or lunch breaks, not "official" ones. but there's a lot of down time, and if we get hungry we wait for it to be dead and run to the grocery store/fast food place and we get to stay on the clock.
[User Picture]From: katydidnt98
2012-11-09 06:17 am (UTC)

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We don't get breaks at all where I work. In practice we sort of do - they don't care if we go to the bathroom, or eat lunch or smoke while we're doing some small task like reading email or picking up garbage.
[User Picture]From: un_attra
2012-11-09 07:55 am (UTC)

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Never, actually. My workplace really encourages that everyone gets at least some time to eat and take a break. Even if it means they bring their lunch into the office and eat it...they're pretty understanding that we need a bit of time to gather up some energy.
[User Picture]From: ___tornprincess
2012-11-09 09:08 am (UTC)

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It hasn't happened at my current job, I'm salaried and the entire place closes from 1pm - 2pm for lunches.
[User Picture]From: alexi_lupin
2012-11-09 10:32 am (UTC)

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Never. I always get to take my breaks.
[User Picture]From: hikerpoet
2012-11-09 12:21 pm (UTC)

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I used to manage a huge busy department store so it was not rare that it would be missed. Sometimes there would be a slow day with a co-manager and you could take a nice leisurely one, and other times the second shift one would call out so you'd be working a 17 hour day with no break (although in those cases someone would usually run out and bring you food if you hadn't brought it and you'd run back and take a bite at a time!). I was salaried.
[User Picture]From: iguanasdefuego
2012-11-10 12:15 am (UTC)

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Yeah, I choose to work through lunch sometimes. I'm salaried so it doesn't matter to the boss whether I take it or not, as long as I get my class from the lunch room on time.