Is a salaried, exempt employee required to take a 30 minute lunch so that they have a total of 8.5 hours for the day?
Ann Kiernan replies:
Federal law does not require meal periods or breaks for adults, whether exempt or non-exempt. Approximately 20 states do require either meal periods, breaks, or both for workers in some or all industries. Your state, Georgia, is not one of them, but you can check the Department of Labor website for information about other states’ meal break requirements.
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