What is the required rest periods and break periods?

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What is the required rest periods and break periods?

I would like to know what the required rest and break periods for a full-time employee that works 40 plus hours per week.

Asked on March 22, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Florida


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

In FL, if you are an adult, you are not be entitled to meal breaks or any other breaks. That having been said, to the extent that an employer does provide breaks of less than 20 minutes, the break must be paid (over 20 minutes they do not). The only exception to the no break rule is that under federal law, employers are required to provide employees with reasonable breastfeeding or pumping breaks.
In some cases, a union contract or employment agreement may include provisions about breaks that exceed FL labor laws about breaks.  In this situation, your employer must abide by the union contract or employment agreement to maintain compliance with Florida labor laws about breaks.

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