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Alaska Rest Periods: What you need to know

Federal wage and hour law does not mandate that employees be given either paid or unpaid rest or meal periods. Whether breaks are required is left up to the states.
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Alaska has no general provisions requiring meal or rest breaks. Except in the case of minors, employers are not required to provide such breaks. Federal law governs when time spent on meal and rest breaks must be paid.
Minors under the age of 18 are entitled to a 30-minute break for each shift of 6 hours or more. The break may be scheduled at the convenience of the employer, but must occur after the first 11/2 hours of work and before the beginning of the last hour of work. A minor who works 5 consecutive hours without a break may take a 30-minute break before continuing work. This provision may be modified on occasion by employer and employee or by the terms of a collective bargaining agreement (AK Stat. Sec. 23.10.350).

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