Colorado 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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U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division regulations specify that work breaks, including meal periods, rest periods, and sleeping time, when provided, must be counted as work time subject to federal minimum wage and overtime requirements (29 CFR 785.18 through 785.23).
Employees covered by the Colorado Minimum Wage Order are entitled to a paid 10-minute rest period as near as practicable to the middle of each work period of four hours or a major fraction thereof.
The Colorado Minimum Wage Order also requires a 30-minute meal period for any shift exceeding 5 consecutive hours. Employees who are completely relieved of duty during their meal breaks need not be paid for that time. But where the nature of the work prevents the employee from being completely relieved of duty, the employee must be allowed to eat on the job, and the on-duty meal period must be counted as paid work time. Employees must be permitted to fully consume a meal of choice on the job and be fully compensated for the on-duty meal period without any loss of time or compensation.
The Colorado Minimum Wage Order requires employees in the following industries be provided rest and meal breaks:
• Retail and service
• Health and medical
• Food and beverage
• Commercial support service
The following employees or occupations are exempt from all provisions of the Minimum Wage Order: administrative, executive/supervisor, professional, outside sales employees, and elected officials and members of their staff. Other ...

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