How Many Breaks Do You Get in a 12 Hour Shift?


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Most states require a 10 minute break for any shift over 4 hours, and a 30 minute meal time for ever any shift over 6 hours, as of January 2015. A 12 hour shift allots three 10 minute breaks and one hour-long meal, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Note that different states have varying laws regarding break times allotted per number of shift hours worked. For instance, Rhode Island offers a 20 minute lunch break for each 6 hour shift if the employee so desires, while Oregon requires a 30 minute lunch break for all shifts over 6 hours.

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