Can work continue during paid lunch break?

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Q. Our hourly employees have a paid 30-minute lunch break. Sometimes we ask them to do some work during that time. Is this OK since we pay them or are we required to provide them with a complete break?

A. If the employees are being paid for the 30 minutes, then you may ask them to perform work during that time. Pennsylvania has no requirement to provide a complete break during the workday, assuming the employees are over age 18, are not subject to a collective bargaining agreement that provides otherwise and do not need a complete break as a reasonable accommodation for a disability.

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