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Hours Worked: Wisconsin

Hours Worked requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Elizabeth A. Erickson, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP


  • In order to exclude a meal period from compensable working time, Wisconsin law requires that employees be free to leave their work premises. Minors must be provided a 30-minute meal break if they work for more than six hours. See Break Periods.
  • In general, Wisconsin's regulation of travel is much more generous than its federal component, and excludes only ordinary travel from home to work and work to home from the definition of "work time." See Travel Time.
  • There are several other considerations unique to Wisconsin. See Miscellaneous Working Time Issues.
  • Employers that own or operate factories and mercantile establishments must give employees 24 consecutive hours of rest in every seven-day period. See Day of Rest.