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

Workday Meal Periods:


By Statute

Workday Rest Periods:

No Regulation

New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire's meal period requirements.

Mandatory Workday Lunch / Meal Breaks in New Hampshire

New Hampshire requires that all employees be provided ½ hour for a lunch break, after 5 consecutive hours, unless it is feasible for the employee to eat while working and is permitted to do so by employer.

Which employees are covered by New Hampshire's meal period regulations?

New Hampshire's meal break laws are applicable to any employer in the state.

Note: New Hampshire Has Special Regulations for Minor Employees

In addition to a general regulation requiring meal periods for employees, New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire's child labor regulations here.

Mandatory Workday Rest Periods in New Hampshire

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

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