Breaks

Automatic Meal Break Deductions

01.8.2015
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The Legal (and Illegal) Ways to Deduct Meal Breaks Automatically

Requiring employees to clock in and out for every unpaid meal break is the safest way to ensure your company doesn’t inadvertently violate labor law by under paying workers.  But when you’ve got a crew out in the field, tracking breaks can become a logistical tangle.  Many employers cut back on the paperwork by automatically deducting a 30-minute meal break for any employee who works a full shift.  If you use automatic break deductions, however, it’s important that you follow the law precisely.  Otherwise […]

How and When Employee Breaks Have to be Considered Paid Time

08.11.2013
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I get many questions from clients about what the law says in relation to paying employees for lunch breaks and other breaks. Both Minnesota Statutes and federal law address this issue. Each source says something different, so when in doubt, apply the standard which is more protective of the employees.

Federal law does not require coffee breaks or smoking breaks. However, federal law does state that when a company does provide these types of breaks, they must be treated as paid time. Meal breaks are treated differently by federal law. Once again, there is no requirement that meal breaks be […]