Are exempt employees required to take meal breaks?

Steve Duggan replies:

No, in those states that require that employees be provided meal breaks, the rules only apply to employees who are not exempt from the overtime laws. By the way, not all states require breaks for non-exempt employees, and federal law does not require them either.

Posted 05-02-2017

Information here is correct at the time it is posted. Case decisions cited here may be reversed. Please do not rely on this information without consulting an attorney first.

2017-05-03T16:10:06+00:00

About the Author:

Steve Duggan graduated from the Law School at the University of Notre Dame while on active duty in the Air Force. He has extensive experience representing management litigating cases of wrongful termination, employment discrimination, and sexual harassment. Steve also has experience in all phases of administrative litigation of unfair labor practice charges, and class and individual complaints of employment discrimination. He has been an instructor of seminars for supervisors and managers on labor management relations and other personnel issues, and for lawyers in basic and advanced trial advocacy courses. Steve came on board with Fair Measures in 1998.