Arkansas Rest Periods laws & HR compliance analysis

Arkansas Rest Periods: What you need to know

Federal wage and hour law does not require that employees be given either paid or unpaid rest or meal periods. Whether breaks are required is left up to the states. Arkansas requires work breaks for certain employees under the age of 18 and certain school district employees.
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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).
Employees under the age of 18 who are working in the entertainment industry are entitled to a 30-minute meal break after working 51/2 consecutive hours (AR Admin. Regs. Sec. 010.14.2-400).
All school districts must provide at least two paid 15-minute breaks during each regular workday for each classified school employee (those employees not required to hold a valid teacher's license) working more than 20 hours per week.
Last updated on January 16, 2018.

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