Breaks for Salaried Employees

This question came in from one of my HR HelpLine clients.

Question: Am I required to provide breaks for my salaried exempt employees? We are a Maine employer.

Advice: No. Maine law requires that you provide nonexempt employees an unpaid break of 30 minutes, after six consecutive hours of work. Exempt employees, such as executives, professional and outside sales people, are exempt from the law. As an employer practice, you may opt to give a break, but one is not required.

If you would like to learn more about Dacri’s HR HelpLine service, where you can get all your workforce questions answered, click HR HelpLine.

You may also want to read these posts:

  1. Pay Procedures: How to Avoid Wage and Hour Problems
  2. Exempt Pay: Can You Dock Pay for Illness
  3. Employee Classifications: When Must You Pay Overtime



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