Policy Information

Date Established: Unknown
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Human Resources
Responsible Office:
Human Resources
Responsible Executive:
Vice President for Finance and Administration

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Meal Period Guidelines

This policy is in effect even though it has not gone through the policy review process.


All employees are entitled to receive meal breaks when specified criteria are met. This policy outlines those criteria.

Policy Statement

Section 162 of the New York State Labor Law establishes the amount of time that employers must give employees for meal breaks. In order for the University at Buffalo to be compliant with the New York State Labor Law, the following guidelines should be followed:

  1. Employees shall be allowed at least thirty (30) minutes for a noonday meal. The noonday meal is recognized as extending from eleven o’clock in the morning (11:00 a.m.) to two o’clock in the afternoon (2:00 p.m.). An employee who works a shift of more than six (6) hours which extends over the noonday meal period is entitled to at least thirty (30) minutes off within that period for the meal period.
  2. Every person employed for a period or shift starting before eleven o'clock in the morning (11:00 a.m.) and continuing later than seven o'clock in the evening (7:00 p.m.) shall be allowed an additional meal period of at least twenty (20) minutes between five and seven o'clock in the evening.
  3. Every person employed for a period or shift of more than six (6) hours starting between the hours of one o'clock in the afternoon (1:00 p.m.) and six o'clock in the morning (6:00 a.m.) shall be allowed forty-five (45) minutes for a meal period at a time midway between the beginning and end of such employment.

These provisions are guidelines and may be altered with or without the express permission of the Commissioner. 

Contact Information

Human Resources:

State Employees: Claudia Samulski, 716-645-4487 or samulski@buffalo.edu
RF Employees: Zachary Jenney, 716-645-4439 or zjenney@buffalo.edu

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