New Hampshire Rest Periods laws & HR compliance analysis

New Hampshire 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. New Hampshire law requires meal periods and rest days.
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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).
Employers may not require employees to work more than 5 consecutive hours without granting them a half-hour meal period. The meal period is not required if it is feasible for the employee to eat during the performance of his or her work and the employer permits this. If the employee works while eating, he or she must be paid for the time (NH Rev. Stat. Sec. 275:30-a).
Employers may not operate their business on Sunday, unless they have posted a schedule in a conspicuous place on the premises containing the list of employees who are required or allowed to work on Sunday and designating the day of rest for each. These employers must also file a copy of the schedule and every change to the schedule with the labor commissioner. Employees may not be required or allowed to work on their designated day of rest. Employees who are required to work on Sunday must be given a 24-hour rest period during the next 6 days. Employers may be exempt from the day-of-rest requirement where mutual agreements are reached between employer and employees, after approval of the labor commissioner if it is in the best interests of all parties concerned (NH Rev. ...

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