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Are employees required by law to have a meal or break period?

There are no requirements for breaks, meal or rest periods for employees 18 years of age or older.  Employees under the age of 18 may not work more than five hours without a documented 30-minute uninterrupted break. Daily time records should reflect the starting and ending of shifts as well as the 30-minute uninterrupted break.

For additional information regarding Youth Employment frequently asked questions (FAQ) visit our website www.michigan.gov/wagehour or call our office at 855-464-9243(855-4MI-WAGE).