Georgia Rest Periods laws & HR compliance analysis

Georgia 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. Georgia has no provisions requiring meal or rest breaks, but it does require that unpaid breaks be provided to nursing mothers.
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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).
Employers may provide reasonable unpaid break time each day to an employee who needs to express breast milk for her infant. A reasonable effort may be made to provide a room or area, other than a toilet stall, close to the work area for this purpose. This break time must run concurrently with other break time provided to the employee, if possible. Employers are not required to provide such break time if it would “unduly disrupt” their operations (GA Code Sec. 34-1-6).
Last reviewed on March 31, 2016.

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