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Break Law in Florida

What are the requirements in Florida for non-exempt employees regarding breaks?

Under Florida labor law, minors under the age of 18 must be given at least a 30 minute meal period for each 4 hours of continuous work. There are no such requirements for adult employees.

There is no federal law that requires adult employees to take meal periods or rest breaks either.

However, if an employer chooses to provide meal periods or breaks to employees then compensation requirements for such time are set forth 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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