All employees are entitled to receive meal breaks when specified
criteria are met. This policy outlines those criteria.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
State Employees: Claudia Samulski, 716-645-4487 or email@example.com
RF Employees: Zachary Jenney, 716-645-4439 or firstname.lastname@example.org