What Rest Breaks Are Required For Employees?

An employee is entitled to a break of at least 10 minutes for every 4 hours of work. This break must be no later than the end of the third hour of the shift.

If the employee works more than 5 hours in a shift, the employee must be allowed a 30 minute meal break. The meal break must start at least 2 hours into the shift but not more than 5 hours after the beginning of the shift.

Nicole M. Bolan, Attorney at Law

Blado Kiger Bolan, Tacoma, Wash.

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