DGAA bLAWg

Worker’s Rights and Protections – Are You Entitled to a Meal Break?

Web Admin - Saturday, October 21, 2017

Illinois employee rights attorneyEmployers may know the laws that pertain to their business and the rights that their employees possess, but they are not always willing to reveal such information. For example, an employer might not explain to you that you may be entitled to time off work under the Family Medical Leave Act if your child, spouse, or parent becomes ill. Some may even know you are dealing with an illness in the family and refuse to tell you because it would hurt their bottom line. 

Rest breaks – particularly lunch breaks – are another area where employers are sometimes less than straightforward. They may imply that you are not entitled to one, or they may avoid your questions if you ask. Some will even go so far as to terminate an employee that asserts their rights, but they will usually try to find another reason to list in their files because they know it could land them in legal trouble. Learn more about your rights to rest breaks, and discover what an experienced attorney can do for you in your wrongful termination or unpaid wages case. 

Employee Meal Breaks in Illinois 

While there are several federal labor laws that protect employees from discrimination and harassment, those pertaining to meal breaks fall under each state’s jurisdiction. As such, an employee’s right to a meal break is governed by Illinois state law, which states that employees are entitled to a meal break after they work 7 ½ hours in a day. The break may be unpaid, but it must last at least 20 minutes. The employee cannot be required to perform work duties while on their break, and they cannot force an employee to stay on premises unless certain criteria apply. 

When Employers Fail to Provide Breaks 

Employers who violate state law by not providing meal breaks to eligible employees may be held liable for their actions by the state or through litigation. The latter typically stem from cases brought against the employer by former employees, who may be seeking lost wages or other damages. Employees may be eligible for additional compensation if they were wrongfully terminated for trying to assert their right to a rest period. 

Unfortunately, the legal process for pursuing damages is both complex and arduous. Employees are also at a distinct disadvantage in employment litigation matters. Much of this is due to the employer’s access to resources, including that of a legal professional to protect their business. Employees are encouraged to seek experienced legal assistance with their wrongful termination or rights violation case. 

Contact Our Schaumburg Employee Rights Attorney 

If you or someone you love has experienced a loss because of a violation of meal or rest periods, contact Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC for assistance. Dedicated and experienced, our Schaumburg employee rights attorneys can aggressively represent your case. No matter what the situation, we will pursue the most favorable outcome possible. Get started by scheduling a personalized consultation. Call 847-934-6000 today. 

Ken ApicellaAbout the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.


Source: https://www.illinois.gov/idol/FAQs/Pages/meals-breaks-faq.aspx


Recent Posts


Tags

Rolling Meadows criminal attorney ObamaCare insurance agent negligence federal regulations for LLCs construction accidents Chicago attorney suspended license Illinois wrongful termination lawyer Schaumburg employment attorney overtime violations defective products Arlington Heights pedestrian accidents internet unpaid assessment Illinois insurance claim attorney rent to own real estate contracts independent contractor DUI defense Thanksgiving unfunded trust Illinois employment law Arlington Heights trucking lawyer Illinois tax attorney automated cars landlord Buffalo Grove traffic attorney distracted driving accident victims institutional trustee spinal cord injuries marijuana Illinois boating accident lawyer Rolling Meadows accident lawyer digital information Barrington drug crime attorney Palatine employment law lawyer icy parking lots Barrington litigation attorney probate fees Illinois Human Rights Act Illinois estate planning Chicago car accident lawyer gift tax exemption, estate planning, estate planning strategies, Illinois estate planning, South Barrington estate planning attorneys Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers Inverness probate lawyer Arlington Heights medical malpractice lawyer startup company Illinois injury lawyer manufacturing probate claims capital gains tax Illinois red light cameras Buffalo Grove law firm BAC Illinois LLC creation Schaumburg criminal attorney Chicago traffic lawyer Attorney Ken Apicella Barrington estate planning lawyer Buffalo Grove traffic lawyers paid sick leave Illinois defective products attorney Illinois speeding lawyer Rolling Meadows personal injury attorney life insurance claims loss of consortium Deer Park criminal attorney estate attorney boating DUI holiday statistics work unions Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorneys Rolling Meadows employment attorney civil litigation trucking accidents denied insurance claims Rolling Meadows DUI lawyer fault based insurance estate planning, digital assets, Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Illinois digital assets, Illinois estate planning, filing a medical malpractice claim Palatine elder law attorney vacation home real estate Buffalo Grove injury lawyer insurance agents Illinois insurance lawyer Fourth of July liability claims Illinois driving without license Palatine employment lawyer insurance claim dispute fiduciary rule delay trust payments workers compensation Rolling Meadows drug defense attorney landlord tenant law dog bites Illinois trusts attorney drugs Illinois living will real estate contract fiduciary rule Illinois corporate lawyer Crystal Lake traffic attorney Illinois employment law attorney child safety crossover accidents hands free device Illinois employment attorneys Illinois insurance attorney rollover car crashes consent to a search Des Plaines drug lawyer Illinois medical malpractice case homestead rights bike accident Buffalo Grove medical malpractice lawyers LLCs Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyers Crystal Lake medical malpractice attorneys Palatine criminal defense lawyer overtime pay car accidents drug crime mass shooting Colin H. Gilbert truck collisions texting and driving underage DUI estate tax Des Plaines medical malpractice attorney IRA trust transfer whistleblower protections disability benefits gift taxes Illinois workers compensation lawyer Illinois rollover accident lawyers Buffalo Grove personal injury attorney Buffalo Grove car accident lawyer digital media accounts, estate planning, Arlington Heights estate planning attorney, Illinois small business Palatine corporate attorney premises liability first degree murder llinois Real Estate Lawyers Association Illinois Arlington Heights accident attorney Rolling Meadows Attorney probate rest breaks Illinois jet ski accident lawyer Buffalo Grove corporate attorney liability Crystal Lake personal injury attorney Palatine workers compensation lawyer Crystal Lake estate planning lawyer FSLA estate planning attorney underfunded trust brain injury breach of contract operating agreements Illinois law South Barrington real estate attorney Arlington Heights estate planning attorney Crystal Lake medical malpractice lawyer Crystal Lake injury attorney murder Arlington Heights car crash attorneys Crystal Lake business law attorneys TBI Des Plaines personal injury attorney medical malpractice, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, medical mistake, Deer Creek medical malpractice lawyers Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer DUI Forcible Entry Schaumburg estate attorney Schaumburg Palatine traffic lawyer Chicago insurance law firm pedestrian accident Des Plaines pet law attorney estate planning trusts employment law, Illinois employment laws car collision Illinois wills and trusts CAM Rolling Meadows insurance attorney Illinois pedestrian accident attorney Mount Prospect real estate lawyer Kenilworth estate planning lawyer bad faith insurance claims comp time clemency murder defense marijuana crimes attorney reckless homicide insurance disputes, Illinois insurance disputes, Illinois insurance dispute attorneys, denied insurance claims, Arlington Heights insurance dispute attorneys Des Plaines real estate attorney traffic violations Barrington real estate lawyer texting while driving Illinois medical malpractice claim Illinois Smoke Detector Act personal injury law firm eluding a police officer owner responsibility Illinois trucking safety Inverness civil lawyer Super Mario federal crimes Deer Park medical malpractice attorney Illinois wills and trusts attorneys Rolling Meadows probate lawyer Schaumburg medical malpractice lawyer Illinois elder law attorney criminal record Deer Park accident attorney real estate lawyer Palatine employment attorney Barrington workers compensation attorney wage theft Illinois attorney drug possession personal injury accidents Illinois personal injury lawyers employee rights Home Remodeling Repair Act modern family estate planning personal injury claim Illinois estate planning law firm surgical mistakes car accident lawyers estate planning lawyer BAIID DUI attorney estate planning Palatine civil litigation lawyer pet law Barrington employment law attorney pedestrian-automobile accident Palatine trusts lawyer defective products lawyer BUI hiring employees Illinois criminal defense attorney meal breaks cell phone accidents Rolling Meadows traffic attorney Arlington Heights insurance attorney Chicago biking tips POA Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyers Rolling Meadows estate planning attorney Deer Park traffic accident attorney employee discrimination Inverness traffic law firm cell phone tower data civil rights violation estate plan privacy laws field sobriety test anesthesia errors Arlington Heights employment attorney Crystal Lake employment law attorney in terrorem provision Buffalo Grove personal injury lawyer Schaumburg wrongful death attorney Barrington employment attorney controlled substance Arlington Heights injury attorney employment contract Illinois employment law attorneys blended families Long Grove real estate attorney Buffalo Grove criminal defense lawyer expungement trusts employment law, meal breaks, rest breaks, hotel employees, Des Plaines employment law attorneys criminal defense Schaumburg real estate lawyer Inverness real estate lawyer construction contracts Palatine insurance lawyer Rolling Meadows litigation lawyer Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyers Schaumburg corporate attorney caretaker rights Legal Info comparative negligence Rolling Meadows corporate lawyer Schaumburg personal injury lawyers Deer Park workers compensation lawyer elder law Kenilworth estate planning attorney Barrington injury attorney Illinois pet lawyer Crystal Lake tax lawyer Palatine estate planning lawyer South Barrington real estate lawyer Long Grove estate planning attorneys Barrington attorney Barrington civil litigation attorney Illinois Probate Act of 1975 Illinois business law atorneys Inverness injury lawyer trauma after an accident digital evidence cell phone Chicago estate planning lawyer Schaumburg injury lawyer power of attorney for healthcare Deer Park DUI lawyer accidental death benefits trustee commercial leasing traffic tickets Arlington Heights personal injury lawyer drug crimes Rolling Meadows employment law attorneys hit and run accident Chicago insurance claim attorneys Schaumburg elder law lawyer IRS boating accidents Des Plaines tax law firm natural gas Arlington Heights Attorney changes to mortgage law traumatic brain injuries Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyer Crystal Lake law firm Palatine punch death irrevocable trust job lawyers wrongful death Buffalo Grove insurance claim dispute lawyers traffic offenses Inverness estate planning lawyer forming a corporation in Illinois breathalyzer test Palatine real estate lawyer car crash Illinois traffic ticket lawyer Arlington Heights employment law attorneys insurance disputes problem employees business litigation Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer Illinois personal injury attorney Schaumburg personal injury attorney Schaumburg civil litigation attorney Rolling Meadows car accident lawyers health insurance dispute Palatine traffic accidents denied insurance claim license Illinois will lawyer Crystal Lake bike accident lawyer Illinois collections attorney deadly crashes Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act Self-Directed IRA Accounts Des Plaines accident attorney Illinois registered agent Crystal Lake traffic lawyer car accident lawyer insurance adjusters Arlington Heights TBI attorney Illinois workplace lawyer personal injury lawyer Illinois Sales Representative Act Mt Prospect Attorney severance agreements Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Crystal Lake pet attorney involuntary manslaughter probate lawyer digital assets Schaumburg insurance lawyers real estate zoning Crystal Lake personal injury lawyer products liability coronavirus corporate law trench injuries denial of life insurance advance healthcare directive workers comp financial advisors Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyer Des Plaines real estate lawyer uninsured motorist drug crimes lawyer Rolling Meadows insurance lawyer Schaumburg probate attorney Crystal Lake accident attorney murder charges Long Grove estate planning attorney Palatine probate lawyer School Visitation Rights Act Barrington Illinois estate planning lawyer life insurance lawyer dealing with problem employees insurance dispute attorney Arlington Heights criminal lawyer Illinois real estate agent bicycle accidents Colin Gilbert medical malpractice claims Arlington Heights real estate lawyer Illinois Trust Code food poisoning Whistleblower Claims Policy Cancellation Barrington boating accident attorney Des Plaines motorcycle accident attorney small business Barrington employment law firm Rolling Meadows marijuana attorney Mount Prospect wills and trusts lawyers mortgage wrongful termination DGAA Des Plaines DUI attorney insurance attorney employee misclassification Illinois traffic attorney Fair Labor Standards Act low-ball insurance settlement Illinois construction accident attorney Chicago lawyer preventable medical errors PTSD Rolling Meadows business lawyer Des Plaines collections attorney Illinois real estate lawyer slip and fall Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorney commercial real estate insurance dispute Rolling Meadows medical malpractice lawyers Home Sale Contingencies right to work caregiver wrongful termination, employment law, whistleblower protections, Illinois employment laws, discrimination in the workplace foreclosure no contest clauses Mount Prospect elder law attorney Schaumburg personal injury lawyer Inverness real estate attorney real estate leasing income distribution deducation Crystal Lake employment attorney power of attorney liens pay when paid contract Riverwoods estate planning lawyer Exclusions Inverness personal injury attorney Illinois insurance claims lawyers Buffalo Grove probate lawyer installment contracts civil litigation attorney sole proprietorship probate claims process Kenilworth estate planning attorneys rollover accidents Des Plaines injury law firm Des Plaines criminal attorney attorney fees investment property Deer Park real estate law firm medical malpractice Barrington personal injury attorney living trust vs will employment contract, employment law, employment at-will, Deer Park employment law attorneys, contract, Long Grove real estate lawyer wills and trusts Rolling Meadows tax attorney head on collisions Illinois DUI attorney Des Plaines claims law firm Illinois employment law firm traffic deaths Do Not Resuscitate distracted driving accidents Schaumburg employment law attorneys Illinois personal injury lawyer Inverness elder law lawyer Des Plaines personal injury lawyers Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act Deer Park traffic lawyer subcontractor criminal loopholes healthcare Illinois traffic accident lawyer Chicago will attorney Schaumburg estate planning attorney tax attorney Des Plaines drug crimes lawyer social media after death Schaumburg estate planning lawyer DUI penalities construction accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys, workers' compensation Illinois personal injury Rolling Meadows criminal lawyer taxes drunk driving statistics preventing accidents privacy traffic crimes living trust Chicago corporate attorney insurance claims college kids insurance claim denials real estate closing Palatine Attorney guardianship attorney Crystal Lake will lawyer home inspection lawyer Rolling Meadows real estate attorney Des Plaines personal injury lawyer Illinois workers compensation attorney life insurance policy license reinstatement spinal cord injury traffic laws Family Medical Leave Act employment lawyer Palatine business attorney Illinois insurance dispute lawyers Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act jet ski accidents residential real estate insurance claim delay pedestrian accidents Illinois Transfer on Death Instrument bicycle dooring accidents Crystal Lake car accident attorney foreclosed rental property Palatine injury attorney Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers, insurance dispute Schaumburg construction accident lawyer Employment Discrimination Law rumble strips Inverness DUI lawyer Illinois home inspection golf accidents Barrington estate planning attorney motorcycle accident lawyer personal injury attorney Retaliatory Discharge nursing home negligence Chicago estate planning Rolling Meadows Crystal Lake employment lawyer auto accidents elder abuse Barrington personal injury lawyer personal injury, auto accident injuries, delayed injuries, serious injuries, Des Plaines personal injury attorneys Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyer Barrington criminal lawyer medication errors Rolling Meadows Traffic Lawyer FMLA insurance denials revenge porn Illinois medical malpractice lawyers Barrington medical malpractice lawyers Joliet general practice lawyers DMV Liquor Control Act workers compensation benefits wills Illinois insurance disputes creditors living wills Illinois civil litigation lawyer car accident Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission slip and fall accidents Crystal Lake car accident lawyer Illinois employment laws blood alcohol content Illinois car accident attorney medical malpractice compensation Palatine corporate law attorneys Deer Park employment law attorney jet ski dram shop law Des Plaines insurance attorney pain and suffering sexual harassment Crystal Lake criminal defense attorney real estate attorneys Illinois workplace discrimination attorney estate planning, death tax, succession plans, business estate plans, Barrington estate planning lawyers IRELA Palatine civil attorney digital assets, digital fiduciary, estate planning, digital content, Long Grove estate planning lawyers Illinois mortgages probate process pedestrian injuries, pedestrian fatality dynasty trusts natural gas explosion GM ignition switches Illinois lawyer Schaumburg car accident attorney Detainer Actions Illinois bicycle safety personal injury Transfer on Death Instrument Long Grove estate planning contracts employment law healthcare claims Crystal Lake medical malpractice law firm Rolling Meadows traffic law firm insurance claim car crashes insurance denial appeals IRA benefits traffic accidents Class A misdemeanor Barrington business law firm new real estate form Schaumburg traffic lawyer criminal law ACA senior citizens Rolling Meadows boating crash lawyer condo traffic violations defense living trust benefits Deer Park personal injury lawyer fatal car accidents Arlington Heights lawyer unauthorized overtime pregnant women Landlord Tenant Ordinance Barrington criminal defense lawyer trucking accident lawyers Palatine personal injury lawyer employees life insurance employment attorney medical marijuana Crystal Lake civil litigation lawyer Illinois traffic laws license suspension Crystal Lake insurance lawyer Jay Andrew Des Plaines Traffic Lawyer Chicago will attorney, social media platforms, Illinois estate planning lawyer, real estate attorney boating under the influence swimming pools Illinois employee rights attorney. Inverness corporate attorney Deer Park motorcycle accident lawyer Arlington Heights tax lawyer Illinois medical malpractice attorney pizza emoji motorcycle accident condo association unpaid overtime Schaumburg criminal law attorney traumatic brain injury personal injury claims Illinois traffic attorneys insurance claim denial Schaumburg Attorney Buffalo Grove employment lawyer Buffalo Grove real estate attorney Illinois probate lawyer Illinois business lawyer commercial leases Affordable Care Act Arlington Heights traffic attorney Crystal Lake pedestrian accident lawyer drunk driving pet bites Long Grove wills and trusts attorneys driving insurance dispute, insurance dispute lawyers, insurance claim denial, insurance claim delays, Rolling Meadows insurance dispute attorneys Chicago trucking accident attorney Palatine construction attorney ken apicella insurance negligence product liability special needs trust medical research Illinois estate planning attorney appealing an insurance claim Palatine law firm Rolling Meadows employment law attorney DNR insurance claim dispute attorney Inverness insurance attorney underinsured motorist minimum wage license revocation estate planning for college students speeding back injuries Des Plaines civil attorney deed transfer Inverness accident lawyer Crystal lake insurance dispute attorney Barrington Traffic Lawyer sexual images vacation home fines Chicago employment attorney Arlington Heights car accident lawyer car crash injuries Illinois job attorney Schaumburg drug defense lawyer workplace sexual harassment Palatine drug lawyer Illinois employment lawyer compensatory time Chicago employment lawyer Des Plaines

Archive