Alabama Wage and Hour Laws
Alabama has not established a minimum wage rate. For more information on Alabama’s minimum wage laws, visit our Alabama Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.
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Alabama does not have laws governing the payment of overtime. Federal overtime laws apply. See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.
Meals and Breaks
Alabama employers are required to provide a 30-minute meal/rest period to employees ages 14 and 15 who are scheduled to work 5 continuous hours. Code of Alabama Title 25-8-38
Alabama employers are not required to provide a meal period or breaks to employees 16 years of age and over, thus the federal rule applies. The federal rule does not require an employer to provide either a meal (lunch) period or breaks. However, if an employer chooses to do so, breaks, usually of the type lasting less than 20 minutes, must be paid. Meal or lunch periods (usually 30 minutes or more) do not need to be paid, so long as the employee is free to do as they wish during the meal or lunch period. DOL: Breaks and Meal Periods.
Information about Alabama vacation leave laws may now be found on our Alabama Leave Laws page.
Information about Alabama sick leave laws may now be found on our Alabama Leave Laws page.
Information about Alabama holiday leave laws may now be found on our Alabama Leave Laws page.
Jury Duty Leave
Information about Alabama jury duty leave laws may now be found on our Alabama Leave Laws page.
Information about Alabama voting leave laws may now be found on our Alabama Leave Laws page.
Alabama law does not require employers to provide employees with severance pay. If an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.