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Meal and Break Rules in North Carolina

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

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

North Carolina does not have a general meal and rest period law. However, North Carolina has a rest period requirement for minors.

Minors under 16 years of age may not be employed for more than five consecutive hours without an interval of at least 30 minutes for rest.

A period of less than 30 minutes is not deemed to interrupt a continuous period of work.

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