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Rhode Island Meal and Rest Periods Law

 

Rhode Island's law regarding meal and rest periods is located in Title 28, Chapter 3 of the General Laws of Rhode Island.

28-3-14. Meal periods; All employees are entitled to a 20-minute mealtime in a six-hour workshift and a 30-minute mealtime in an eight-hour workshift; Compensation not required; Exception, Licensed health care facilities and employers having less than three persons on any shift.

All employees are entitled to a twenty (20) minute mealtime within a six (6) hour work shift, and a thirty (30) minute mealtime with an eight (8) hour work shift. An employer shall not be required to compensate an employee for this mealtime. The provisions of this section shall not apply to:

(a) an employer of a health care facilities licensed in accordance with chapter 23-17 of the general laws; or

(b) an employer who employs less than three (3) people on any shift at the worksite.

23-13.2-1. Employer may provide unpaid break time for nursing working mothers to breastfeed or express breast milk; Reasonable accommodation; Undue hardship exception; Health reports; Terms defined.

(a) An employer may provide reasonable unpaid break time each day to an employee who needs to breastfeed or express breast milk for her infant child to maintain milk supply and comfort. The break time must, if possible, run concurrently with any break time already provided to the employee. An employer is not required to provide break time under this section if to do so would create an undue hardship on the operations of the employer.

(b) An employer shall make a reasonable effort to provide a private, secure and sanitary room or other location in close proximity to the work area, other than a toilet stall, where an employee can express her milk or breastfeed her child.

(c) The department of health shall issue periodic reports on breastfeeding rates, complaints received and benefits reported by both working breastfeeding mothers and employers.

(d) As used in this section: "employer" means a person engaged in business who has one or more employees, including the state and any political subdivision of the state; "employee" means any person engaged in service to an employer in the business of the employer; "reasonable efforts" means any effort that would not impose an undue hardship on the operation of the employer's business; and "undue hardship" means any action that requires significant difficulty or expense when consider
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