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Kentucky Labor Laws on Breaks


    • In Kentucky, employees are entitled to 10 minutes of paid rest for every four hours of work. This is in addition to lunch breaks.


    • An employee must have a lunch or meal break sbetween the third and fifth hour of his shift. This time does not have to paid by the employer and the employee is completely free of any work obligations to the employer during this time. Thirty minutes is considered the standard amount of time.

    Child Labor

    • Workers under the age of 18 are permitted at least one 30 minute unpaid meal break for every five hours of work. Minors get 10 minutes of paid break time for every four hours of work, the same as adults.


    • Workers covered under the Federal Railway Labor Act are exempt from these meal and break requirements. These workers include railroad, airline and other transportation workers.

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