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Meal and Rest Break Laws by State

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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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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  1. Alabama - Meal and Break Rules
  2. Alaska - Meal and Break Rules
  3. Arizona - Meal and Break Rules
  4. Arkansas - Meal and Break Rules
  5. California - Meal and Break Rules
  6. Colorado - Meal and Break Rules
  7. Connecticut - Meal and Break Rules
  8. Delaware - Meal and Break Rules
  9. District of Columbia - Meal and Break Rules
  10. Florida - Meal and Break Rules
  11. Georgia - Meal and Break Rules
  12. Hawaii - Meal and Break Rules
  13. Idaho - Meal and Break Rules
  14. Illinois - Meal and Break Rules
  15. Indiana - Meal and Break Rules
  16. Iowa - Meal and Break Rules
  17. Kansas - Meal and Break Rules
  18. Kentucky - Meal and Break Rules
  19. Louisiana - Meal and Break Rules
  20. Maine - Meal and Break Rules
  21. Maryland - Meal and Break Rules
  22. Massachusetts - Meal and Break Rules
  23. Michigan - Meal and Break Rules
  24. Minnesota - Meal and Break Rules
  25. Mississippi - Meal and Break Rules
  1. Missouri - Meal and Break Rules
  2. Montana - Meal and Break Rules
  3. Nebraska - Meal and Break Rules
  4. Nevada - Meal and Break Rules
  5. New Hampshire - Meal and Break Rules
  6. New Jersey - Meal and Break Rules
  7. New Mexico - Meal and Break Rules
  8. New York - Meal and Break Rules
  9. North Carolina - Meal and Break Rules
  10. North Dakota - Meal and Break Rules
  11. Ohio - Meal and Break Rules
  12. Oklahoma - Meal and Break Rules
  13. Oregon - Meal and Break Rules
  14. Pennsylvania - Meal and Break Rules
  15. Rhode Island - Meal and Break Rules
  16. South Carolina - Meal and Break Rules
  17. South Dakota - Meal and Break Rules
  18. Tennessee - Meal and Break Rules
  19. Texas - Meal and Break Rules
  20. Utah - Meal and Break Rules
  21. Vermont - Meal and Break Rules
  22. Virginia - Meal and Break Rules
  23. Washington - Meal and Break Rules
  24. West Virginia - Meal and Break Rules
  25. Wisconsin - Meal and Break Rules
  26. Wyoming - Meal and Break Rules
  27. Puerto Rico - Meal and Break Rules

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