If employee declines lunch break am I covered as long as I offer it?

I run a business in TN. Labor laws state that we must offer a 30 min break to employees working over 6 hours. If the employee does not choose to take that break am I still covered legally by offering it? I have it in writing that they decline the break. This is not a union position. They are paid for the full time worked. They do not leave early.

1 answer  |  asked Aug 14, 2020 07:51 AM [EST]  |  applies to Tennessee

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James Becker, Jr.
Your obligation in Tennessee is to provide the break period, there is no obligation that the employee actually take the break. So long as there is evidence of its being provided and you pay the employee for the actual hours worked, you should be okay.

posted by James Becker, Jr.  |  Aug 14, 2020 12:51 PM [EST]  [ Best Answer - selected by asker ]

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