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Dec20

Pennsylvania Break Law

What is Pennsylvania’s state law for breaks?

Employers in Pennsylvania are required to provide break periods of at least 30 minutes for minors ages 14 through 17 who work five or more consecutive hours. Employers are not required to give breaks for employees 18 and over.

Though there is neither Pennsylvania nor federal law requiring meal periods or rest breaks, when such breaks are provided employers must follow compensation requirements under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Under the FLSA, short breaks lasting less than twenty minutes in duration must be compensated.

Meal periods typically lasting thirty minutes or more serve a different purpose than short breaks and are not time required to be compensated. Employees must be relieved of all work responsibilities during meal periods. If an employee does any work during his meal period the time must be compensated and counted towards the total number of hours worked in the workweek.

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