North Dakota Required Workday Break & Meal Periods 2023
Workday Meal Periods:
By Administratively issued Minimum Wage and Work Conditions Order
Workday Rest Periods:
North Dakota 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 North Dakota's meal period requirements.
Mandatory Workday Lunch / Meal Breaks in North Dakota
North Dakota employees are entitled to a ½ hour meal period, if desired, on each shift exceeding 5 hours.
Which employees are covered by North Dakota's meal period regulations?
North Dakota's meal break law is applicable when two or more employees are on duty. Collective bargaining agreements takes precedence over the meal period requirement.
Additional Meal Period Information
Employees who are completely relieved of their duties during their meal period but are required to remain on site do not have to be paid.
Note: North Dakota Has Special Regulations for Minor Employees
In addition to a general regulation requiring meal periods for employees, North Dakota 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 North Dakota's child labor regulations here.
Mandatory Workday Rest Periods in North Dakota
While some states have labor regulations requiring that employees be allowed one or more workday rest periods, the North Dakota government has no such regulations. Therefore, in North Dakota, any breaks or rest periods are provided to employees at the discretion of the employer.
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