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.
Federal wage and 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. Texas has
no requirements for rest or meal breaks.