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South Dakota 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. South Dakota has no general provisions requiring meal or rest breaks.
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U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division regulations do specify when work breaks, including meal periods, rest periods, and sleeping time, if provided, must be counted as work time subject to federal minimum wage and overtime requirements (29 CFR 785.18 through 785.23).
Last reviewed on March 17, 2016.

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