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Meal and Break Rules in Kentucky

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on June 2, 2012.

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Employers in Kentucky must comply with these state rules relating to meals and break times.

Employers in Kentucky may not require an employee to work without a rest period of at least 10 minutes during each four hours worked. This is in addition to the regularly scheduled lunch period.

No reduction in the compensation of hourly and salaried employees may be made for time spent in rest periods.

Employers must grant their employees a reasonable period for lunch, which must be as close to the middle of the employee's scheduled work shift as possible.

An employee may not be required to take a lunch period sooner than three hours or later than five hours after the work shift starts.

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