What Are Employee Rest & Meal Periods?

Oregon law specifically mandates rest and meal periods. Adults must be given a 30-minute meal period if the workday is six hours or longer. A meal period must be provided for minor workers no later than five hours and one minute after the minor reports to work. Minors ages 14-15 must be fully relieved of work duties at this time. Minors who are 16-17 and adults may work during the meal period under exceptional circumstances, if they cannot be relieved, but must be paid for that time.
Rest periods of 10 minutes during each four-hour shift are to be provided for adult workers. Minor workers must be provided a 15-minute break during each four hours of work. Rest periods may NOT be added to meal periods or deducted from starting time or the end of the work period to shorten the time worked.