You should be getting paid for your breaks depending on whether or not they are considered bona fide meal periods according to federal law. Federal law defines bona fide meal periods as rest periods, which are usually at least 30 minutes in duration. Employees are considered working if they are required to perform any duties, active or inactive, while eating. For example, if a receptionist is required to eat lunch at their desk, they are still considered to be working and not completely relieved of their duties. Therefore, in order to constitute as a bona fide meal period which does not have to be compensated, an employee may be on the premises but must not be performing any duties while eating.