Nebraska Rest Periods laws & compensation compliance analysis

Nebraska 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 do specify when provided work breaks, 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). Additional information on these requirements is available.
Under Nebraska law, employers that own or operate an assembly plant, workshop, or mechanical establishment with at least one employee must allow all their employees at least 30 minutes for lunch during each 8-hour shift. Employees may not be barred from leaving the premises during this time. This requirement does not apply to employment that is covered by a valid collective bargaining agreement or other written agreement between an employer and an employee (NE Rev. Stat. Sec. 48-212).
Last updated on December 12, 2017.

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