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Vermont Rest Periods: What you need to know

Federal wage and hour law does not require that employees be provided either paid or unpaid rest or meal periods. Whether breaks are required is left up to the states. Vermont requires that an employer provide reasonable opportunities during work periods to eat and use toilet facilities to protect the health and hygiene of its employees, as well as provide time for nursing mothers to express breast milk.
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U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division regulations do specify when work breaks that are provided, including meal periods, rest periods, and sleeping time, must be counted as work time subject to federal minimum wage and overtime requirements (29 CFR 785.18 through 785.23). There is additional information and details on these requirements.
State law provides that breastfeeding a child should be encouraged in the interest of enhancing maternal, child, and family health. The law allows a mother to breastfeed her child in any place of public accommodation in which the mother and child would otherwise have a legal right to be (VT Stat. Tit. 9 Sec. 4502(j)). Any individual, organization, or governmental body operating within the state with one or more employees is required to allow an employee who is a nursing mother reasonable time, either compensated or uncompensated, throughout the day to express breast milk for her nursing child. Employers are required to provide appropriate private space that is not a bathroom stall for this purpose. An employee is entitled to such time for up to 3 years after the birth of a child. The decision to provide compensated time is in the sole discretion of the employer, unless modified by a collective bargaining ...

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