While most employers apply meal break laws to non-exempt employees, a technical reading of some state laws around the country suggests that meal break laws also apply to exempt employees in certain jurisdictions. Specifically, the Massachusetts Attorney General has recently ramped up its efforts to enforce Massachusetts' meal break law with respect to exempt employees. Massachusetts' meal break law states that "[n]o person shall be required to work for more than six hours during a calendar day without an interval of at least thirty minutes for a meal." M.G.L. ch. 149, § 100 (emphasis added). While there is no case law on point, the "no person" language in Section 100 has been interpreted by the Massachusetts Attorney General to include exempt employees. Employers failing to provide meal breaks to employees, including those classified as exempt, face penalties of up to $600 per violation. Similarly, the New York State Department of Labor has issued specific guidance that its meal break law applies to exempt employees, including blue collar, white collar and management workers. See NY Lab. Code § 162. And, while there is no specific guidance on whether state meal break requirements apply to exempt employees in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont and West Virginia, those states also include language in their meal break laws that indicate the provisions apply to all employees. Employers in these states should be aware that their meal break laws may apply to exempt employees and ensure their meal break policies are in compliance.