North Carolina Rest Periods laws & HR compliance analysis

North Carolina 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. The only provision requiring meal or rest breaks in North Carolina applies to employees under the age of 16.
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U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division regulations do specify when work breaks including meal periods, rest periods, and sleeping time, if provided, 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 16 may not work more than 5 consecutive hours without a rest period of at least 30 uninterrupted minutes (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 95-25.5).
Last reviewed on November 25, 2017.

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