Note: This provision applies to factories, workshops and mercantile establishments only.
No person may be employed for more than six consecutive hours in a Rhode
Island factory, workshop, mechanical or mercantile establishment without at
least a 20-minute interval for a meal. However, the person may be so employed
for not more than six and one-half hours if the employment ends not later than
1:00 p.m. and the person is then dismissed for the day; or for not more than
seven and one-half hours if the person is allowed enough time to eat a lunch
during the continuance of such employment, the employment ends not later than
2:00 p.m. and the person is then dismissed for the day. The section does not
apply to any telephone exchange where the operator is not required to operate at
the switchboard continuously during the night, but is able to sleep during a
considerable part of the night.