In addition to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), each state has their own laws to govern the employers and employees working within the state. Both state and federal labor law require employees to be paid a minimum wage, and all hourly employees to be paid overtime when they work more than eight hours a day or forty hours a week. The proper overtime compensation is one and one-half times the employee’s normal hourly wage.
Some states (such as California and Oregon) also require employers to provide their workers with meal and rest breaks throughout the day. Under state law, for every half day an employee spends working, she is entitled to a paid rest break lasting at least ten minutes. For every full day worked, the employee is entitled to an unpaid meal break of at least thirty minutes. In Oregon, the law allows employers to shorten the meal break to no less than twenty minutes if they can show such a short meal break is an industry standard. They can also allow employees to eat while working, but the employees must be paid for that time. Continue reading