Breaks & Meal Periods FAQs

Q: Are workers guaranteed to have a "lunch break"? 

A: It is not a requirement for employers to give their workers compensated lunch breaks. But they should be a minimum of 30 minutes.

Q: Should employees be paid for short breaks?

A: Yes. Anything under 20 minutes should be paid if it is allowed by the employer.

Q: Should employers give breaks?

A: Every job is different and breaks should be given accordingly. It is typically a good practice for morale and overall production to provide a 5-10 minute break every hour in most industries.

Q: What should I do if I feel like I'm not given breaks in an illegal fashion?

A: Contact your local Department of Labor office.


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