Indiana Rest Periods laws & HR compliance analysis

Indiana 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. Indiana has provisions requiring meal or rest periods for minors and for state employees who are breastfeeding.
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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 must provide employees under the age of 18 with one or two rest breaks totaling at least 30 minutes if the minor is scheduled to work at least 6 consecutive hours.
State employees. The state and its political subdivisions must provide a reasonable paid break time each day to an employee who needs to express breast milk for the employee's infant child. The break time must, if possible, run concurrently with any break time already provided to the employee. The state is not required to provide the break time if it would unduly disrupt operations (IN Code Sec. 5-10-6-2).
Private employees. State law allows a woman to breastfeed her child anywhere the law allows her to be. Private employers with 25 or more employees must make reasonable efforts to provide a private location, other than a toilet stall, where an employee can express breast milk during any period away from the employee's assigned duties. The state law does not require that private employers provide break times, only that a private location be provided if break times are available to the ...

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