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Hours Worked: New York

Hours Worked requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Melissa Fleischer, HR Learning Center LLC

Updating Author: XpertHR Editorial Team


  • Employees who work for certain lengths of time must be provided unpaid meal breaks; nursing mothers must be provided unpaid breaks to express milk; and some employees must be provided a day of rest during each calendar week. See Break Periods.
  • Time spent traveling is considered hours worked if it is part of an employee's duties. See Travel Time.
  • Typically, an employee who by request or permission of the employer reports for work on any day must be paid for at least four hours, or the number of hours in the regularly scheduled shift, whichever is less, at the basic minimum hourly wage. See Show-Up Time / Reporting Time.
  • Employers are required to provide certain employees at least 24 consecutive hours of rest in any calendar week. See Day of Rest.
  • New York City has requirements pertaining to breastfeeding breaks. See Local Requirements.