‘Tis the Start of the Busy Holiday Season! 


 Don’t forget Oregon Labor Laws on Meal and Rest Periods for Your Employees! 

Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries [BOLI] requires employers to provide PAID rest periods of at least 10 minutes for adults and 15 minutes for minors during each four hours (or major portion) of work time.   

  • As far as possible, the rest period is to be taken in the middle of the work segments and may not be added to meal periods or used to adjust scheduled working hours.  
  • Meal periods of not less than 30 minutes must be provided to non-exempt adult employees who work six or more hours in one work period.  
  • If the work period is seven hours or less, the meal period is to be taken between the second and fifth hour worked.  
  • If the work period is more than seven hours, the meal period is to be taken between the third and sixth hour worked.  


Employees are required to be relieved of all duties during the meal period unless an exception permitted under law applies that prevents the employee from being relieved, in which case the employee must be paid for this time.  


Please review your company’s practices immediately!  

If your workplace practices conflict with the law, please take immediate steps to correct the situation. Violations of the laws and rules regarding rest breaks and meals could result in the assessment of civil penalties of up to $1,000 for each violation!