Every person employed in connection with a factory must be provided with a 60-minute break for a midday meal between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Other workers who work at least 6 hours must get 30 minutes off between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the midday meal (NY Labor Law Sec. 162).
Employees whose shifts begin before 11 a.m. must be allowed an additional meal period of at least 20 minutes between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Note: A meal period of up to 20 minutes may be compensable under federal law.
Factory employees who work more than 6 hours starting between 1 p.m. and 6 a.m. must be allowed to take a 60-minute meal break midway between the beginning and end of their shift. Other employees who work these hours must be provided with a 45-minute meal break.
A legal day's work for street surface and elevated railroad workers consists of 10 consecutive hours, including a 30-minute dinner period.
Unionized workplaces may provide for different meal breaks through collective bargaining.
Shorter meal breaks may be permitted with the approval of the commissioner of labor. The permit must be in writing and be conspicuously ...