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No. There is no federal law that requires minimum paid rest period requirements in the private sector, nor does Texas require it, unlike some states.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, a handful of states do require paid rest periods, most commonly about 10 minutes for each four-hour period of work. Those states requiring a paid rest period in some form or another include California, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

Federal law requires truckers rest for at least 30 minutes during a maximum 14-hour work day, but there is no requirement that those rest periods be paid.

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PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.

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