Recently, I’ve been researching lunch and break laws. You might be interested to know that Nevada is one of 19 states with specific state regulations regarding employee meals and breaks.
Nevada state law requires that for each 8 hours worked, an employee must be provided with a 30 minute meal break. This meal break may be unpaid, but for this to be the case, the worker must be completely relieved of his or her duties. If a worker must continue in any of his or her duties (even small tasks such as answering a phone) it cannot qualify as an unpaid meal break.
State law in Nevada also mandates rest periods for all employees. For each four hour work period (or significant fraction thereof), a worker must be given a ten minute paid rest period. As much as practical, this must be in the middle of each four hour period. If an employee works less than three-and-a-half hours in a given day, he or she does not need to be given a rest break.
The Nevada law does provide for some exceptions the meal and break law. For example, in situations where only one employee is on duty at a given time, the meal and break periods are not required. An exception is also granted for employees that are covered by a collective bargaining agreement which sets forth other standards for employee breaks. Finally, an employer may apply to the State Labor Commissioner for an exemption if it is believed that granting these breaks as written in law is precluded by specific business circumstances.
A thorough presentation of state and federal laws related to lunches and breaks may be found on the Nevada Complete Labor Law Poster. This poster also presents required notices for all areas of both state and federal labor laws.