Sec. 31-51ii. Meal periods. Exemptions.
a. No person shall be required to work
for seven and one-half or more consecutive hours without a period of at
least thirty consecutive minutes for a meal. Such period shall be given
at some time after the first two hours of work and before the last two
b. The provisions of this section shall not be
construed to alter or impair the provisions of any collective bargaining
agreement in effect on July 1, 1990.
c. The Labor Commissioner shall exempt any
employer from the requirements of this section if he finds that (1)
requiring compliance would be adverse to public safety, (2) the duties
of a position may only be performed by one employee, (3) the employer
employs less than five employees on a shift at a single place of
business provided the exemption shall only apply to the employees on
such shift or (4) the continuous nature of an employer's operations,
such as chemical production or research experiments, requires that
employees be available to respond to urgent or unusual conditions at all
times and such employees are compensated for break and meal periods. The
commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions
of chapter 54, to establish the procedures and requirements for the
granting of such exemptions.