Federal wage and hour law does not require rest or meal periods, except for nursing mothers, but it does set standards for when work breaks, including meal periods, rest periods, and sleeping time, must be counted as paid work time. Whether breaks are required is left up to the states. Idaho has no provisions requiring meal or rest breaks.
U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division regulations 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 on these requirements.
Idaho law does provide that time spent going to and returning from lunch is not paid work time (ID Code Sec. 44-1202).
Last updated on July 11, 2017.