What Are The Rest-Break And Meal-Period Requirements?

unpaid time, and which begins no less than two hours nor more than five hours from the beginning of the shift. If workers are required to remain on duty during the meal period, the time must be paid. Workers are entitled to at least a 10­minute rest break for each four hours worked. Employees may waive their meal period if they prefer to work through it and if the employer agrees.

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