• Do I have a right to take a break during the workday in Michigan?

Only if you’re under 18. Michigan law requires employers to give a 30-minute break every five hours to workers under 18. If you’re 18 or older, your employer doesn’t have to give you time to take a break for meals or rest periods.

Even if an employer provides breaks or meal periods, they don’t have to pay you for them. Employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act must provide nursing mothers a reasonable break period to express their milk, but those breaks do not have to be paid. Otherwise, federal law does not require employers to give breaks during the workday.

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