Nebraska – Minimum Wage, Overtime, Hours and Leave



Minimum Wage

Nebraska’s current minimum wage is $9.00.

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


Prevailing Wages

Under certain circumstances, employers in Nebraska may be required to pay residents wage rates established by the federal or state prevailing wage rates and rules. 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 NE Statute 73-104, 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

Nebraska labor laws require employers to provide employees in assembling plants, mechanical establishments, and workshops a 30-minute lunch period in each shift of at least eight (8) hours. NE Statute 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.

Nursing Mother Breaks

Nebraska labor laws requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations, unless they cause a demonstrated undue hardship, to employees who are nursing mothers which includes taking break time to breast feed or express breast milk. The reasonable accommodation includes providing employees who are nursing mothers with appropriate facilities for breast feed or express breast milk.

The following factors are considered when determining whether reasonable accommodations cause undue hardships:

  • The nature and the cost of the accommodation needed;
  • The overall financial resources of the employer’s facility or facilities involved in the provision of the reasonable accommodation;
  • The number of persons employed at the facility or facilities;
  • The effect on expenses and resources of the facility or facilities;
  • other issues that may impact the operation of the facility or facilities;
  • The overall financial resources of the employer;
  • The overall size of the employer’s business with respect to the number of its employees, and the number;
  • The type of the employers’ business;
  • The locations of its employer’s facility or facilities; and
  • The type of operation or operations of the covered entity, including
    • the composition of the employer’s workforce,
    • structure of the employer’s workforce,
    • functions of the work force of the employer, and
    • the geographic separateness and administrative or fiscal relationship of the facility or facilities in question to the employer.

NE Statute 48-1102


Vacation Leave

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


Sick Leave

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


Holiday Leave

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


Jury Duty Leave

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


Voting Leave

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


Severance Pay

Nebraska labor laws 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.


Unemployment

Under certain circumstances, Nebraska 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 Nebraska State Unemployment Benefits.


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