M.G.L. c. 149, §§ 100 and 101

Meal Breaks for Workers Working 6 Hours or More

Most employees must get at least a 30-minute meal break for each 6 hours worked in a calendar day.  During their meal break, workers must be free of all duties and free to leave the workplace.  This break may be unpaid.  Employers may require workers to take their meal breaks.

Employees May Agree to Work, But Must Be Paid

If, at the request of the employer, a worker agrees to work or stay at the workplace during the meal break, the worker must be paid for that time.

Meal Breaks May Be Used for Prayer or Other Activities

The meal break is the worker's free time.  Workers must be allowed to pray during their meal breaks.