Meal and Break Rules in North Dakota

In North Dakota, a 30-minute uninterrupted time period for meals must be provided on each shift of work exceeding five hours, when there are two or more employees on duty. Employees do not have to be paid for meal periods if they are completely relieved of their duties and the meal period is ordinarily 30 minutes in length. Collective bargaining agreements prevail over this provision. Employees not allowed to leave the premises during the break period must be compensated at the regular rate of pay or provided with in-kind compensation, such as a meal whose value is equal to or greater than the minimum wage.