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Nebraska - Wage and Hour Laws - Employment Law Handbook

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Minimum Wage

Nebraska's current minimum wage is $7.25.
For more information on Nebraska's minimum wage laws, visit our Nebraska 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

Nebraska does not have laws governing the payment of overtime. Federal overtime laws apply. See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.

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Meals and Breaks

Nebraska employers are required to provide employees in assembling plants, mechanical establishments, and workshops a 30-minute lunch period in each shift of at least eight (8) hours. Neb. Rev. Stat. §§48-212 to 48-213. For all other businesses, such lunch periods or any other type of break are given solely at the discretion of the employer regardless of the length of the work shift. However, in accordance with federal law, if an employer chooses to provide additional breaks, they must be paid if they are of the type usually lasting less than twenty (20) minutes. Meal or lunch periods (usually thirty (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.

Vacation Leave

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

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

Information about Nebraska holiday leave laws may now be found on our Nebraska Leave Laws page.
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Jury Duty Leave

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

Information about Nebraska voting leave laws may now be found on our Nebraska Leave Laws page.
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Severance Pay

Nebraska 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.
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