Iowa Work Smoke Break & Rest Period Laws Iowa Required Workday Break & Meal Periods 2024

Workday Meal Periods:

No Regulation

Workday Rest Periods:

No Regulation

Mandatory Workday Lunch / Meal Breaks in Iowa

While many states have labor regulations specifying the timing and duration of meal breaks that must be provided to employees, the Iowa government has no such laws. Therefore, in unless state law specifies otherwise, meal breaks are scheduled at the discretion of the employer.

Note: Iowa Has Special Regulations for Minor Employees

Although Iowa does not require meal periods for adult employees, separate state regulations define required meal and/or break periods for minor employees under age 18. Learn more about Iowa's child labor regulations here.

Mandatory Workday Rest Periods in Iowa

While some states have labor regulations requiring that employees be allowed one or more workday rest periods, the Iowa government has no such regulations. Therefore, in Iowa, any breaks or rest periods are provided to employees at the discretion of the employer.

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