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Are meal breaks mandatory?

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Q. Is it mandatory for a nonexempt employee to take at least a 20-minute meal break?

A. In Pennsylvania, employers are not required to give breaks for employees age 18 and older. (Minors must receive 30-minute breaks for working five or more consecutive hours.)

However, if an employer chooses to give adult employees breaks that last less than 20 minutes, then the employee must be paid for the break. If the break lasts longer than 20 minutes and the employee does no work during the break, the employer does not have to pay for the break time.

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