West Virginia Required Workday Break & Meal Periods 2021
Workday Meal Periods:
Workday Rest Periods:
West Virginia 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 West Virginia's meal period requirements.
Mandatory Workday Lunch / Meal Breaks in West Virginia
West Virginia requires a break period of 20 minutes for all employees who work 6 consecutive hours or more.
Which employees are covered by West Virginia's meal period regulations?
West Virginia's rest period statute is applicable to every employer. A meal period is required where employees are not afforded necessary breaks and/or permitted to eat lunch while working.
Note: West Virginia Has Special Regulations for Minor Employees
In addition to a general regulation requiring meal periods for employees, West Virginia 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 West Virginia's child labor regulations here.
Mandatory Workday Rest Periods in West Virginia
While some states have labor regulations requiring that employees be allowed one or more workday rest periods, the West Virginia government has no such regulations. Therefore, in West Virginia, any breaks or rest periods are provided to employees at the discretion of the employer.