The Connecticut Department of Labor, under Connecticut law, seeks to enforce all of the state regulations that apply to employers in the State. For example, the Connecticut Department of Labor works to ensure that each employer provides a safe working environment. That may include the presence of safety equipment, the absence of toxins, and the ability of employees to take breaks after a certain number of hours.
The CT Department of Labor, for example, enforces regulations which assure employees that they are entitled to fifteen minute breaks after a certain number of hours and a half hour break after a certain number of hours. While the employer does not have to pay employees for those breaks, they must allow them. Contact a labor lawyer to protect your rights.
There are many jobs which may include safety issues if workers are too tired and have not had ample access to breaks. For instance, bus drivers may require time to rest before continuing to drive school children.
If any employer should prevent employees from taking a break, they may be subjected to fines from the CT Department of Labor. If they are later found to be not in compliance again, the fines increase and the place of employment may be shut down. Employee times cards are one way that the Connecticut Department of Labor checks for compliance, as well as employee interviews.