Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.
State law may regulate employee meal and rest periods, specifying when the breaks should occur as well as their duration. Some states have meal and rest period requirements which apply only to certain industries.
Generally, federal law does not require that breaks and meal periods be given. However, some states specify certain requirements for both meal periods and rest periods, when breaks should occur and how long such breaks should be. Your state may have meal and rest period requirements for certain industries only.
Click on your state on the map for information regarding your state's meal and rest break requirements, if any.
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