Georgia – Minimum Wage, Overtime, Hours and Leave

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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Georgia labor laws do 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.

Prevailing Wages

Georgia does not have a prevailing wage law that governs wage rates on government project or service contracts.

Under certain circumstances, employers in Georgia may be required to pay residents wage rates established by federal prevailing wage rates and rules. The prevailing wage rates may be different from the federal and state’s standard minimum wage rates. Employees may be eligible for prevailing wages if they work on government or government-funded construction projects or perform certain government services. See the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), and Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act (PCA) for more information about prevailing wages.

Meals and Breaks

Georgia labor laws do 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.

Nursing Mother Breaks

Georgia labor laws require employers to provide employees who are nursing mothers with reasonable breaks times to express breast milk unless:

  • the employer has fewer than 50 employees and
  • doing so would create an undue hardship on the operations of the employer

Employer must pay employees who are not paid on a salary basis at their regular rate of compensation for the time taken by employees to express milk unless the employees are working away from any of the employer’s worksites. For employees paid on a salary basis, employers may not require employees to use paid leave or reduce the employees’ salary for taking nursing breaks during the workday.

Employers must provide nursing mother employees with private locations where nursing mothers may express breast milk. Bathrooms do not meet the minimum standards for the nursing mothers location.

Whether an employer will suffer an undue hardship involves how significant the difficulty or expense of meeting the legal standard for nursing mother breaks will be related to such factors as:

  • the size of the business
  • its financial resources
  • the nature and structure of its operation

GA Statute 34-1-6

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 labor laws do 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.


Under certain circumstances, Georgia residents may be eligible for unemployment benefits while they search for another job. You are required to certify that you are unemployed on a weekly basis to receive these benefits. See Georgia State Unemployment Benefits.

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