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Nebraska Smoking Breaks

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Most Nebraska companies provide employees with one 30-minute lunch break and two fifteen minutes coffee breaks per 8-hour shift. According to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, employers must pay workers for any breaks shorter than 20 minutes, so the two fifteen minute breaks would be paid breaks. ... continue reading

New Hampshire Smoking Breaks

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
According to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, employers in New Hampshire and nationwide must pay workers for any breaks shorter than 20 minutes. Employees must also be paid for any break where they might be called back to work. So, when an employee takes a five ... continue reading

West Virginia Smoking Breaks

Sunday, November 16th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Intelligent employees who smoke would be wise to follow their company’s guidelines regarding smoking breaks, because employers are not legally required to provide them. No West Virginia or federal law mandates that businesses provide time for workers to take a smoke break.

Employers are not required by ... continue reading

Arkansas Smoking Breaks

Thursday, November 13th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Arkansas employers are not legally obligated by state law or by federal law to provide employees with any smoking breaks, ever.

In fact, there is no federal law or state law that demands companies give employees breaks during the workday. No matter how long the work shift ... continue reading

Florida Smoking Breaks

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
With so many buildings going completely non-smoking, the time that employees spend away from their job to smoke is becoming an issue.

Employers are not required to provide employees with smoking breaks. Neither Florida nor federal law requires it. Union contracts usually detail the number and length ... continue reading

Maryland Smoking Breaks

Sunday, July 13th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
The federal Fair Labor Standards Act established that workplace breaks which are shorter than 20 minutes in duration must be paid breaks.   Beyond this regulation, few federal standards deal directly with the issue of break time in the work place.

Some states have chosen to establish ... continue reading

New Jersey Smoking Breaks

Friday, July 11th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Employees in New Jersey are not guaranteed breaks away from their workstation to smoke.   In fact, employers are not required to give them any short rest or “coffee” breaks at all.   Many employers choose to give their employees brief breaks at times during the day but these ... continue reading

Texas Smoking Breaks

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Employers in Texas are not required by any law to give any employee a smoking break.   As the issue of smoking indoors and the consequences of second hand smoke has grown this has become a workplace issue.

In Texas, as in most states, there is no ... continue reading

Louisiana Smoking Breaks

Sunday, July 6th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
  Some Louisiana companies allow employees who smoke to take brief breaks throughout the workday.   However, this practice is less and less common, for a number of reasons.   No Louisiana law requires employers to give such frequent, short breaks to smokers.   

Most employees, in Louisiana, ... continue reading

Alabama Smoking Breaks

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Many Alabama workers wonder if they are entitled to smoke breaks.   

In Alabama, and throughout the nation, there is increasing concern about the effect of smoking in the workplace.   Much of this growing discussion centers around health related issues, but there are other concerns as ... continue reading

Wisconsin Smoking Breaks

Friday, April 4th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

In the state of Wisconsin, there are no federal or state laws that require employers to provide employees with even one smoking break.

Many states, including Wisconsin, have no state or federal laws that require employers to give employees who are over the age of 18 any type of ... continue reading

Rhode Island Smoking Breaks

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008
Posted by Tamara

In the state of Rhode Island, there are no federal or state laws that require employers to provide employees with even one smoking break.

There are some companies that have policies allowing for one 30-minute lunch break, plus two 15-minute coffee breaks during an eight-hour shift. Employees may, of ... continue reading

Delaware Smoking Breaks

Monday, March 31st, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Delaware employers are not required by either state or federal law to provide employees with any smoking breaks.

In fact, there are many states, including Delaware, that have no laws requiring employers to give workers who are over the age of 18 any type of break. This holds true ... continue reading

North Dakota Smoking Breaks

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

North Dakota does not have a federal or state law requiring employers to provide workers with smoking breaks.

California, however, as well as some other states, does require meal and rest breaks. No states in the union require employers to provide additional breaks to smokers.

Even though most ... continue reading

Delaware Smoking Breaks

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Delaware employers are not required by either state or federal law to provide employees with any smoking breaks.

In fact, there are many states, including Delaware that have no laws requiring employers to give workers who are over the age of 18 any type of break. This holds true ... continue reading

Ohio Smoking Breaks

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Ohio employers are not required by either state or federal law to provide employees with any smoking breaks.

In fact, there are many states, including Ohio, that have no state or federal laws requiring employers to give workers who are over the age of 18 any type of break. ... continue reading

Utah Smoking Breaks

Thursday, March 6th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

No state or federal laws require Utah employers to provide employees with smoking breaks.

In several states, including Utah, there are no state or federal laws that require employers to give workers who are over the age of 18 any breaks whatsoever. This is true regardless of how long ... continue reading

Virginia Smoking Breaks

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Virginia does not have a state law requiring employers to provide workers with smoking breaks. In addition, there is no federal law requiring smoke breaks.

In fact, there are no federal or state laws in many states, including Virginia, that require employers to give workers who are over the ... continue reading

Arizona Smoking Breaks

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

There are no state or federal laws in Arizona that require employers to give workers any smoking Breaks at all.

There are actually quite a few states, including Arizona, that have no state or federal laws requiring employers to give workers who are over the age of 18 any ... continue reading

New York Smoking Breaks

Monday, February 25th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

New York smokers, beware. Not only are cigarettes bad for your health, they’re incompatible with your work. No New York or federal law requires your employer to provide you with a smoking break.

Breaks for smokers are paid, unproductive time. Nonsmoking workers are being productive while you’re outside having ... continue reading

Hawaii Smoking Breaks

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

A few states have passed laws requiring employers to provide workers with meal breaks and rest breaks.

But no state in the union, including Hawaii, and no federal law, exists that requires a company to give a worker a smoking break.

In the past that would not have ... continue reading

Oklahoma Smoking Breaks

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

These days, many states have laws banning smoking in the workplace indoors. Smokers must go outside to enjoy their cigarettes on paid, unproductive breaks while other workers stay indoors and continue to be productive.

It has become an issue on the job.

In Oklahoma, no state or federal ... continue reading

Massachusetts Smoking Breaks

Friday, February 15th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Many states have passed laws banning smoking in the workplace, at least indoors. That has meant many smokers must leave the workstation if they want a cigarette. It has created a new job issue.

First, smokers should know that no Massachusetts law or federal law requires a company to ... continue reading

Tennessee Smoking Breaks

Thursday, February 14th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

There was a time when smokers could puff away at their desks and continue to work. Lately, however, state after state has passed laws prohibiting the smoking employee from exercising her or his habit in the workplace.

It has become an issue on the job, as employers take stock ... continue reading

Wyoming Smoking Breaks

Monday, January 28th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Employees in Wyoming do not have to be given smoking breaks, since there are no state or federal laws requiring employers to provide them.

Many states, including Wyoming, have no federal or state laws requiring employers to provide employees who are over the age of 18 any type of ... continue reading

Idaho Smoking Breaks

Friday, January 25th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

In Idaho, no state or federal laws exist requiring employers to give employees any smoking breaks.  In fact, there are no federal or state laws in Idaho that require employers to give workers over the age of 18 any type of breaks or lunch periods at all.  This applies regardless ... continue reading

Iowa Smoking Breaks

Monday, January 21st, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Employers in Iowa are not required by either state or federal law to provide employees with any smoking breaks.  In addition, they are not required to give employees over the age of 18 any type of lunch period or breaks at all.  Technically, an employer could require employees to work ... continue reading

Alaska Smoking Breaks

Friday, January 18th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

For employers in Alaska, there are no state or federal laws requiring them to give employees any smoking breaks.

There are many states, including Alaska, that have no state or federal laws requiring employers to give employees over the age of 18 any lunch periods or breaks during the ... continue reading

Michigan Smoking Breaks

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Neither federal law, nor Michigan law, requires employers to give employees a smoking break.  Michigan is one of more than a dozen states that requires no breaks of any  kind, for adults.

Many states, including Michigan, do not have laws that require employers to give adult employees breaks during ... continue reading

Indiana Smoking Breaks

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Indiana companies do not have to give workers smoking breaks, period.  As a matter of fact, in some states and even on the federal level, no breaks are required. 

Workers that are over the age of 18, who do not work under a union contract, do not have to ... continue reading