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Louisiana Repeals Meal and Break Requirements for Certain Minors 

Effective August 1, 2024, Louisiana’s child labor meal breaks requirement applies only to minors under 16 years of age rather than all minors. The requires that covered minors who work five hours or more receive at least a 30-minute unpaid meal period. 

Next Steps 

Until the effective date, employers should continue to ensure that all minors are provided with a meal period based on the current law. Once the law changes, employers may want to consider the benefits of offering meal breaks to all employees, regardless of age as meal breaks can improve employee morale, productivity, and safety. 

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