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There are no federal laws that require meal or rest breaks (except those which apply to some very restricted industries, such as pilots and interstate truck drivers). Therefore, it is up to each individual state to determine whether or not it will have laws that require employers to provide rest and/or meal breaks to employees. As can be seen here (under "Meal Periods and Rest Periods"), in this publication by the CO Dept. of Labor and Employment, certain employers, such as those in retail, food and service, medical, and commercial support services, are required to have a half hour when scheduled to work over 5 hours. However, laws change and interpretations of laws also change so you should contact the CO. Dept. of Labor and Employment to assure you obtain the latest and most accurate information.
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