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

Workday Meal Periods:


Workday Rest Periods:

No Regulation

Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania's meal period requirements.

Mandatory Workday Lunch / Meal Breaks in Pennsylvania

A 30-minute meal period is required for seasonal farm workers after 5 hours in Pennsylvania.

Note: Pennsylvania Has Special Regulations for Minor Employees

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

Mandatory Workday Rest Periods in Pennsylvania

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

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