Q. Is it mandatory for a nonexempt employee to take at least a 20-minute meal break after working a certain number of hours?
A. In Pennsylvania, you’re not required to give breaks for employees age 18 or older. Minors must receive 30-minute breaks for working five or more consecutive hours.
If, however, the employer chooses to give adult employees breaks that last less than 20 minutes, then the employee must be paid for the break.
If an employer allows meal periods that last longer than 20 minutes, the break does not have to be paid if the employee performs no work during that time.