Does an employer have to provide a break room for 8-hour-per-day staff?

State laws apply to break rooms and no state requires employers to provide separate spaces for breaks. In California and a couple of other states employers are required to pay workers for their breaks if no away-from-work space is provided for breaks. Some industries cannot provide break space practically (such as construction) so there are no applicable regulations. It would be a good idea to check the regulations in your state.


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A note about HR laws:
Laws concerning employee treatment, benefits, hiring and firing…etc are multi-level. What this means is that there are Federal laws, state laws and sometimes local regulations that have jurisdiction over an employee. The information presented here should not be considered legal advice. Ultimately, employers with serious legal questions should consult local attorneys with expertise in worker relations.
The questions and answers presented here are based on research and data from internet sources and should not be considered the final word.

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