Kentucky Labor Laws – Wage and Hour

Kentucky Labor Laws – Wage and Hour



Minimum Wage

Kentucky’s current minimum wage is $7.25.

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

Kentucky labor laws require employers to pay employees overtime at a rate of 1½ time their regular rate when they work more than 40 hours in a workweek, unless otherwise exempt. KY Div. of Employment Standards Regulations.

Kentucky also requires employers to pay employees overtime at the rate of 1½ time their regular rate for all hours worked on the seventh day when an employee works 7 days in a workweek. KY Div. of Employment Standards Regulations.

See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.




Meals and Breaks

Kentucky labor laws require employers to provide employees with a rest period of at least 10 minutes during each four hours of work. The rest period is a paid break. KY Div. of Employment Standards Regulations.

Employers must also provide a reasonable period for a meal no sooner than the third nor later than the fifth hour of a work shift unless it has mutually agreed with the employee to some other arrangement. (“Reasonable” is not defined by law.) A meal period does not have to be paid so long as the employee is relieved of all duties during the break. KY Div. of Employment Standards Regulations.



Vacation Leave

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



Sick Leave

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



Holiday Leave

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



Jury Duty Leave

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



Voting Leave

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



Severance Pay

Kentucky labor laws do 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.