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Rest Periods
National Summary
The Fair Labor Standards Act does not require rest or meal periods, except as amended under the Affordable Care Act for nursing mothers, but it does set standards for when work breaks, including meal periods, rest periods, and sleeping time, must be counted as paid work time. The laws of some states do require that paid and/or unpaid rest and meal periods must be provided.
California Summary
Federal wage hour law does not mandate that employees be given either paid or unpaid rest or meal periods. Whether breaks are required is left up to the states. California has detailed rules governing both rest and meal periods.

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