When you are on the clock for extended periods of time in the Wisconsin workplace, having a set time to sit, relax and enjoy a meal can be a boon. Though there are some federal laws regarding breaks, found under the Fair Labor Standards Act, but for the most part this area is left to the state. There are specific regulations from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development that ensure employees’ rights in this regard. These regulations are age-specific.
If you are under 18 years of age and are in the workforce, your employer is required to provide at least one half-hour break for every six hours you are on the clock. This break is to be unpaid and duty free. Any other breaks offered to you are done so at the discretion of your employer and are not required by state law.