HB2686 H EIL AM 3-18

The Committee on Energy, Industry and Labor moves to amend the bill on page one following the enacting section, by striking the remainder of the bill and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
§21-3-10a. Meal and rest breaks.

(a) During the course of a workday of six or more hours, all employers shall make available for each of their employees, at least twenty consecutive minutes for meal breaks, at times reasonably designated by the employer. This provision shall be required in all situations where employees are not afforded necessary breaks and/or permitted to eat lunch while working.
(b) No employer may require any employee to work without a rest period of at least ten minutes during each four hours worked: Provided, That in situations in which the employee's work assignment allows the employee to take intermittent rest periods equivalent to ten minutes for each four hours worked, scheduled rest periods are not required. The provisions of this subsection do not apply to those employees who are subject to the Federal Railway Labor Act. The rest periods required by this subsection are in addition to the regularly scheduled meal breaks required by subsection (a) of this section.
(c) No reduction in compensation may be made in the pay of either hourly or salaried employees for the meal breaks and rest periods required in this section.