An employer cannot employ someone for a work period of more than five hours without providing an unpaid, off-duty meal period of at least 30 minutes. The meal break must begin no later than 4 hours and 59 minutes into a nonexempt employee's shift. When a work period of not more than six hours will complete the day’s work, the meal period may be waived by mutual consent of the employer and the employee.​

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