How uncommon is longer than an hour paid lunch? Would it be unwise to try to negotiate for an hour paid lunch after being offered a white collar job?
For example, I am an electrical engineer with experience in the US.
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Generally, there are three types of jobs:
"Paid Lunch" only is relevant in the third. But... it's misleading. The person paying you doesn't care about your lunch. If you're putting in 8 hours of work in the day, they don't really care whether you worked 7-3 with no lunch break, or 7-5 with a two-hour siesta. They're paying for the 8 hours of labor.
So why would someone offer "paid lunch" then?
I'm going to steal some tidbits from adamaero's excellent answer:
Housekeepers are scheduled to work 7.5 hours/day ... Monday-Friday, 7:00am to 3:00pm (with a 1 hour paid lunch)
... and ...
Groundskeepers are scheduled to work 7.5 hours/day ... Monday - Friday, 6:30am to 2:30pm (with a 1 hour paid lunch)
Notice something? They both say "You'll work 7.5 hours per day", both have a window of time you'll be there for 8 hours, and both offer a '1 hour paid lunch'.
But the math doesn't work out. If you're there for 8 hours, you get 1 hour per day for lunch, then you're only working 7 hours, not 7.5
They inadvertently tell you something: they expect you to be working a bit during that lunch hour, or picking up a bit of extra time here and there.
So, all that said, why is focusing on this counter-productive?
Because it's only relevant to an hourly employer. And an hourly employer isn't going to want to hear: "I also want to be paid for X and Y, when I won't be working."
Especially when you actually have control over this anyways without asking for "pay without work." If you want to earn $20/hour for an 8-hour day as well as over a 1 hour lunch, then the solution is simple: your minimum hourly wage is $22.50 ($20 x 9 / 8). You then are effectively earning $20/hour with a paid hour lunch.
Here is a listing for an 8-hour blue-collar job, but it seems to be worked in with the outside of regular work hours:
Groundskeepers are scheduled to work 7.5 hours/day, 37.5 hours per week. The schedule for this role is:
- Monday - Friday, 6:30am to 2:30pm (with a 1 hour paid lunch)
As a condition of employment in this position, the incumbent will be subject to call in outside of regular hours in order to respond to emergencies, including the preparation and maintenance of College facilities, grounds, systems and services during inclement weather crises.
*Works overtime, special events and weekends may be required as needed.
Housekeepers are scheduled to work 7.5 hours/day, 37.5 hours per week. The schedule for this role is:
- Monday-Friday, 7:00am to 3:00pm (with a 1 hour paid lunch)
White-collar, self-reported, but does not account if longer hours were worked during the day/week:
Weekends off and hour paid lunch breaks.
Based on this little information, I would conclude that any company offering an hour lunch or more is unpaid. It may be an exceptional benefit to ask for an hour paid lunch during a negotiation. This may lower negotiable salary. Additionally, if working closely with others, it may hurt fellow employee morale and may negatively impact peer work relationships.