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Rest Periods
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The Fair Labor Standards Act does not require rest or meal periods, except as amended under the Affordable Care Act for nursing mothers, but it does set standards for when work breaks, including meal periods, rest periods, and sleeping time, must be counted as paid work time. The laws of some states do require that paid and/or unpaid rest and meal periods must be provided.
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152061index.aspxQuestions & Answers Is it legal to automatically take 30 minutes for a lunch break from each employee instead of having them clock in and out for the break?  National
152060index.aspxQuestions & Answers A US DOL Wage/Hour investigator is about to cite an employer for requiring employees to clock out for "smoking, or other breaks" of or about 15 minutes in length. The employer is in Iowa. What FLSA regulation or other law is the employer violating?  National
152062index.aspxQuestions & Answers Are employers in Texas required to provide breaks to employees?  National
156196index.aspxQuestions & Answers Are we satisfying our legal requirement if an employee takes short breaks and lunches? In the case of temporary staff, who is liable for ensuring that temporary employees are taking their breaks and lunches--the staffing agency or the company where t  National
159440index.aspxGuidance Breaks/Meal Periods, by State  National
166975index.aspxGuidance Breaks/Meal Periods, by State (PDF)  National
155954index.aspxQuestions & Answers Can I implement a policy whereby our 30 minute meal break is automatically deducted from employee time each shift?  National
152055index.aspxQuestions & Answers Can I make my employees take an unpaid lunch period? also, we are about to have a work force reduction due to a reduction in business, what terminology should I use?  National
152057index.aspxQuestions & Answers Can we require that all breaks be taken on bank premises?  National
152052index.aspxQuestions & Answers If we give a short break to our employees and they leave the building can we ask them to clock out for that period of time?  National
152063index.aspxQuestions & Answers in new york state in a 24 hour manufacturing facility how many consecutive days can a production worker or supervisor work?  National
152054index.aspxQuestions & Answers In New York State, must an employee who works more than 6 hours each day take a 1/2 hour lunch?  National
152056index.aspxQuestions & Answers Is an hourly employee entitled to overtime pay if he does not take the two 15-minute breaks we allow during the day?  National
153972index.aspxQuestions & Answers Is there a minimum time we are required to give between work shifts?  National
167981news.aspxNews Meal periods: 9th Circuit OKs class treatment for guards' claims 03/06/2014National
155441index.aspxQuestions & Answers Our employees are out working at other locations and sometimes claim that they did not take a lunch on certain days. We would like to require that they take at least a 1/2 hour lunch, and would like to be able to deduct it from their time card.  National
156482index.aspxAnalysis Rest Periods  National
156349index.aspxQuestions & Answers Sometimes my employees tell me they are skipping thier 15 minute breaks in order to leave early. They expect to be paid for this time. I believe the time compensable if they are still "at work" taking the break, but not if they leave for non-work pur  National
155241index.aspxQuestions & Answers We are a consulting firm so we do need to keep track of our exempt employees time to properly bill our clients. Can we require that they put in a lunch period?  National
152053index.aspxQuestions & Answers We have employees who sometimes clock out for 15 to 28/29 minutes for lunch. I heard that if an employee does not clock out for a full 30 minutes then no part of that time can be deducted from their hours. Are we violating the law?  National
152059index.aspxQuestions & Answers We have some employees who have been eating their lunch at their desks while working and then ask to be punched out an hour after they leave. Would we be within our legal rights to put a stop to this practice?  National
152058index.aspxQuestions & Answers we want to know if the employer must now always pay the hour penalty if once in awhile they ask an employee to work during the lunch hour allowing a meal at the desk and paying for the lunch period  National
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