Frequently Asked Questions from payroll and hours Answers to questions about breaks. If an unpaid break is interrupted by the employer, the interruptions are counted as hours worked. Employers should give breastfeeding mothers unpaid breaks to express breast milk. The employer must take reasonable precautions to provide a room that is not a toilet cubicle to express milk in privacy. The break time can run at the same time as the other breaks. However, if the employer provides for breaks, this time must be counted as working time. Meal breaks should also be counted as working time. Employees under the age of 18 in Louisiana must be given a 30-minute lunch break. This still applies if the employee works 5 consecutive hours or more. The meal break may be unpaid. Employers must give employees sufficient free time to express breast milk.

This break is valid for the first 3 years after the birth of a child. Breaks can be rest breaks or meals and can be paid or unpaid breaks. Employees who are completely relieved of their duties do not need to be paid. Employees may agree to work during their meal breaks, but they must be paid In addition, interruptions in sleep time should be considered as paid working hours. If the interruption results in a sleep break of less than 5 hours, the entire duration of sleep must be paid for by the employer. Children under the age of 16 who work in the entertainment industry should be given breaks. If a domestic worker lives in the employer`s household, the employee and the employer may agree in writing to exclude certain breaks from the employee`s salary. These breaks include the following provisions: Indiana does not require meal breaks or rest unless the employee is a minor. Meal times (usually at least 30 minutes) serve a purpose other than coffee or snack breaks and are therefore not working time and cannot be compensated.

Any meal break of less than 30 consecutive minutes must be counted as working time and paid to the employee. Wisconsin requires employees to be paid for all “on-duty” meal breaks. These are the breaks when the employee is not completely free from all work tasks. Meal breaks may not be paid, but the employee must be relieved of all work tasks. If the employee is not relieved of all work tasks, the meal break must be paid. Neither the Law on Fair Labour Standards (FLSA) nor the Georgian law require workers to be given breaks or meal times. However, many employers offer breaks and meal times. Short breaks (5 to 20 minutes) are common. The RSA requires workers to be paid for short breaks; However, an employer does not have to compensate for meal times of thirty minutes or more as long as employees are free to use meal times at will and are not required to perform any work during that period. Federal law does not prescribe lunch or coffee breaks.

However, if employers offer short breaks (usually about 5 to 20 minutes), federal law considers breaks to be compensable hours of work that would be included in the sum of the hours worked during the work week and taken into account in determining whether overtime was worked. Unauthorized extensions of approved work breaks should not be counted as hours worked if the employer has expressly and unequivocally informed the employee that the approved break can only last for a certain period of time, that any extension of the break violates the employer`s rules, and that any extension of the break will be punished. The meal break is the free time of the worker. Workers should be allowed to pray during their meal breaks. Nevertheless, it is important to note that breaks are not optional. Employees cannot waive their right to leave. Employers may require non-exempt employees to take all necessary breaks. Employers can also discipline employees if they don`t take breaks. New Mexico does not require specific breaks, but requires that all breaks of less than 30 minutes be paid. Arizona does not require private employers to offer employees meal or rest breaks. Federal law applies.

Rhode Island requires most employers to offer at least a 20-minute lunch break during a 6-hour shift. The employer must give employees who work 8 hours or more at least a 30-minute lunch break. Meal breaks may not be paid. This means that if a $10 an hour employee works 7 hours and misses their lunch break, they will have to pay an additional $10 for the missed break. In addition, an employer may not require an employee to work more than 3 consecutive hours without rest.