Are workers entitled to a break when working an 8-hour shift?


The federal Fair Labor Standards Act does not require employers to provide paid or unpaid breaks for workers. Some states provide their own rules governing worker meal and rest breaks, according to the Department of Labor website.

States that require a meal break as of 2014 include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.

According to the Nolo Network, in 2014 only eight states require rest breaks. Those states are California, Colorado, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. Special meal and rest break requirements exist in some states for workers who are under the age of 18.

Q&A Related to "Are workers entitled to a break when working..."
Information on breaks from work, including when employers have to provide employees with lunch and rest breaks.
In the US, unless you are under 18, it's state specific; the answer could be 0 to 5.
Under the Working Time Directive (which applies to most workers and sets out the minimum standards for working hours), your employer has to offer you a break of at least 20 minutes
In CO every employer shall authorize & permit rest periods, which
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