New Mexico Required Workday Break & Meal Periods 2021
Workday Meal Periods:
Workday Rest Periods:
New Mexico 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 Mexico's meal period requirements.
Mandatory Workday Lunch / Meal Breaks in New Mexico
A provision applicable to females and administratively extended to men does not require a meal period, but provides that when a meal period is granted (in industrial, mercantile and certain service industries), it must be at least ½ hour, and not be counted as time worked.
Note: New Mexico Has Special Regulations for Minor Employees
In addition to a general regulation requiring meal periods for employees, New Mexico 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 Mexico's child labor regulations here.
Mandatory Workday Rest Periods in New Mexico
While some states have labor regulations requiring that employees be allowed one or more workday rest periods, the New Mexico government has no such regulations. Therefore, in New Mexico, any breaks or rest periods are provided to employees at the discretion of the employer.