Georgia – Wage and Hour Laws

Georgia Wage and Hour Laws



Minimum Wage

Georgia’s current minimum wage rate is $5.15.

For more information on Georgia’s minimum wage laws, visit our Georgia 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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Overtime

Georgia does not have laws governing the payment of overtime. GA Dept. of Labor FAQ. Federal overtime laws apply. See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.




Meals and Breaks

Georgia does not have any laws requiring an employer to provide a meal period or breaks to employees, 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.



Vacation Leave

Information about Georgia vacation leave laws may now be found on our Georgia Leave Laws page.



Sick Leave

Information about Georgia sick leave laws may now be found on our Georgia Leave Laws page.



Holiday Leave

Information about Georgia holiday leave laws may now be found on our Georgia Leave Laws page.



Jury Duty Leave

Information about Georgia jury duty leave laws may now be found on our Georgia Leave Laws page.



Voting Leave

Information about Georgia voting leave laws may now be found on our Georgia Leave Laws page.



Severance Pay

Georgia law does not require employers to provide employees with severance pay. Dept. of Labor FAQ: Severance. If an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.