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how long a lunch break is appropriate?

Asking for a friend youngbuck10/25/18
depends on your work. If you're a drone, 30 minutes. dingbat10/25/18
We have a winner. dupednontraditional10/25/18
RE #3, not as true as you might think, at least not in local onehell10/25/18
I wasn't serious about that part, it's just a common trope o dingbat10/25/18
As long as they will let you. I don’t even eat lunch but i billcarson10/25/18
Boom. We have a winner. jd4hire10/25/18
50-70 mins for me. Eat with the partners everyday and we spe jmoney10/25/18
Depends on whether or not you’re day drinking/busy. midlaw10/25/18
If you do billable work. So long as you bill 2000 a year it lolwutjobs10/26/18
youngbuck (Oct 25, 2018 - 3:01 pm)

Asking for a friend

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dingbat (Oct 25, 2018 - 3:28 pm)

depends on your work.

If you're a drone, 30 minutes.
If you work in a sweatshop, 0 minutes - eat at your desk
If you work for the government, 2-3 hours

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dupednontraditional (Oct 25, 2018 - 4:43 pm)

We have a winner.

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onehell (Oct 25, 2018 - 4:44 pm)

RE #3, not as true as you might think, at least not in local government.

One thing I've noticed is how surprisingly rare it is for government employees to be classified as exempt, at least in my area. Folks on this board likely don't experience it because lawyers employed as such are exempt automatically, but outside such "learned professions" my county and city HR departments classify pretty much everyone who isn't either a department head or one of the chief's direct reports as non-exempt.

So they might not be doing much work at their desks, but they are there. Taking 2-3 hour lunches would ding their time sheets and jeopardize the all-important pension. But they don't want to be paying any OT, so when 5:00 hits it is like a bomb went off.

Of course, there is one office which only exists because the constitution compels it and so it is funded and staffed to the bare minimum, and this office happens also to have a staff which is categorically and automatically FLSA exempt. So it's sad, but when I drive by the county office building after 5 or on the weekend, you always see the public defenders (and literally no one else) burning the midnight oil.

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dingbat (Oct 25, 2018 - 5:31 pm)

I wasn't serious about that part, it's just a common trope on this board

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billcarson (Oct 25, 2018 - 3:31 pm)

As long as they will let you. I don’t even eat lunch but if its over 40 degrees ill sit outside staring at the highway for 60/70 minutes.

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jd4hire (Oct 25, 2018 - 3:51 pm)

Boom. We have a winner.

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jmoney (Oct 25, 2018 - 6:23 pm)

50-70 mins for me. Eat with the partners everyday and we spend 1/2 of it bullspitting and 1/2 of it discussing tactics for whatever litigation we're on.

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midlaw (Oct 25, 2018 - 7:48 pm)

Depends on whether or not you’re day drinking/busy.

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lolwutjobs (Oct 26, 2018 - 5:11 pm)

If you do billable work. So long as you bill 2000 a year it doesn't matter how you go about doing it

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