+16 Federal Employment Law Meal Breaks References. The federal law is clear that a meal break is not work time and therefore is not compensable. Arkansas does not require either rest or meal breaks.
Nine of those mandate lunch and rest breaks. Scope of application, as an employee, you are entitled to an unpaid rest period of a minimum of 8 consecutive hours between each shift or work period. Currently require companies to provide employees with a rest or meal break.