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Maximum Overtime and breaks

Does Iowa have a maximum number of hours an employer can make an employee work? There are times when employees are required to work 12-16 hrs days (M-F)and are not given any breaks. Is this legal?

Like most states, Iowa does not limit the number of hours that an employee in general industry can be required to work. The employee can be required to work 20 hours per day, 7 days per week. Very few states limit the number of hours an employee can work. A few states such as Wisconsin and Illinois require that employees be given at least one day per week off, but in your case, you are giving the employees both Saturday and Sunday off.

Obviously, you must pay overtime to any nonexempt employee who works more than 40 hours per week.

Nineteen US states have break laws that require employers to give meal breaks to workers. Iowa does not. Although meal breaks have been shown to make employees more productive, there is no law that you must give them in Iowa.

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