Workplace Laws and Requirements FAQs

Employers must abide by workplace laws and requirements defined on both a federal and state level. All workplace laws are enforced by the Kansas Department of Labor Employment Standards Division. Please select from a Workplace Laws and Requirements category below to get more help. 

Working Conditions

What breaks are required under state and federal law?

Breaks are not required under state or federal law. However, many employers schedule breaks to boost employee morale and productivity. 

Can my employer make me work overtime?

Yes, unless you are under the age of 16. 

Can my employer fire me?

Yes. Kansas is an employment at will state which means your employer can fire you for any non-discriminatory and/or non-retaliatory reason. However, there are some exceptions to this doctrine. 

Is an employee required to give two weeks' notice when quitting a job?

No. Because Kansas is an employment at will state, an employee can quit his/her job without any notice. 

What is the maximum number of hours per day my employer can make me work?

Theoretically your employer can make you work 24 hours a day unless you are under the age of 16. If you are under 16 you cannot work more than three hours on a school day and eight hours on a non-school day. 

Can my employer require me to take a drug test as a condition of employment?

Yes. 

Is an employer required to pay for jury duty or allow time off for jury duty?

An employer must give employees time off for jury duty, but the employee does not have to be paid.