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

Workday Meal Periods:


By Statute

Workday Rest Periods:

No Regulation

Nebraska has regulations describing workday meal / lunch breaks to be provided to employees, but does not mandate that employees be provided additional, shorter break periods. This page provides details about Nebraska's meal period requirements.

Mandatory Workday Lunch / Meal Breaks in Nebraska

Nebraska requires that employees be allowed ½ hour, off premises, for lunch in each 8-hour shift.

Which employees are covered by Nebraska's meal period regulations?

Nebraska's meal break law is applicable to assembly plants, workshops, or mechanical establishments, unless the employees are covered by a valid collective bargaining agreement or other written agreement between an employer and employee that dictates meal breaks.

Note: Nebraska Has Special Regulations for Minor Employees

In addition to a general regulation requiring meal periods for employees, Nebraska has special regulations that require meal periods for minors under age 18. These regulations, which require more frequent and / or longer meal / break periods, take precedence over the general regulations for minor employees. Learn more about Nebraska's child labor regulations here.

Mandatory Workday Rest Periods in Nebraska

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

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