Am I Entitled To Lunch Or Rest Breaks?

There is no law that requires an employer to provide for lunch or rest breaks. The exception is that State law requires rest breaks for children under the age of 16 who are employed in the entertainment industry. Short rest periods of 20 minutes or less are common and legally must be included in hours worked. Lunch breaks, which are typically 30 minutes or more do not need to be compensated as work time.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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