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Sleep and Meal Time Regulations


In NYS every worker must be paid for every hour worked. Through its decision, the NYS Court of Appeals has upheld the DOL’s longstanding interpretation of meal and sleep time regulations, recognizing that this approach protects workers by paying them when their meal and sleep breaks are interrupted. Workers in these industries who are not being paid for all hours worked should contact us at 1-888-NYSDOL.

2018 Hearing

The Department of Labor held a hearing in Brooklyn on July 11, 2018 to receive testimony on proposed regulations that clarify that hours worked may exclude meal periods and sleep times for employees who work shifts of 24 hours or more. Video of July 11 hearing
Transcript of July 11 hearing | Transcript of July 11 hearing (native language)

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