Indiana – Minimum Wage, Overtime, Hours and Leave

Minimum Wage

Indiana’s current minimum wage is $7.25.

For more information on Indiana’s minimum wage laws, visit our Indiana 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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Indiana 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. IN Minimum Wage Notice; IN Statute 22-2-2-4(f). See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.

Prevailing Wages

Under certain circumstances, employers in Indiana may be required to pay residents wage rates established by the federal or state prevailing wage rates and rules, including common construction wages. The prevailing wage rates may be different from the state’s standard minimum wage rates. Employees may be eligible for prevailing wages if they work on federal or state government or government-funded construction projects or perform certain federal or state government services. See the Indiana Common Construction Wage, 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

Indiana does not have any laws requiring an employer to provide a meal period or breaks to employees eighteen (18) years of age or older, 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 twenty (20) minutes, must be paid. 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. DOL: Breaks and Meal Periods.

Nursing Mother Breaks

Indiana labor laws require employers to allow employees to express breast milk during any period they are away from the employees’ assigned duties. Employers must allow nursing mothers to express breast milk in a private location not including toilet stalls.

Employer must either:

  • provide a refrigerator or other cold storage space for keeping milk that has been expressed, or
  • allow a nursing mother to provide the employee’s own portable cold storage device for keeping breast milk expressed that day until the end of the employee’s work day.

Employers are not liable, except for willful misconduct, gross negligence, or bad faith, for any harm caused by or arising from the following that occur on the employers’ premises:

  • The expressing of an employee’s breast milk
  • The storage of expressed milk.

IN Statute 22-2-14-2

Vacation Leave

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

Sick Leave

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

Holiday Leave

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

Jury Duty Leave

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

Voting Leave

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

Severance Pay

Indiana 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.


Under certain circumstances, Indiana 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 Indiana State Unemployment Benefits.

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