Re: Mandatory lunch breaks?

From:Gordon Couger

Make the early break a little longer and call it lunch and make up the half
hour by taking advantage of the way they figure time and everyone can be
happy. Almost everyone rounds to the quarter hour.

All they are doing is covering their a***** from the federal folks. Make
their life easy and they will probably make yours easier too.

Gordon Couger
Stillwater, OK
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jenny Oblander" 
To: ; 
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2003 2:09 PM
Subject: RE: Mandatory lunch breaks?

: It is included in the Federal Labor Law. We had to start making my
: take lunch (or 30 break after 6 hrs of on the clock).I had a lot of
: employees(myself included) who didn't want to take lunch, but HR dictated
: that we as managers needed to provide the employees with a "break" from
: their work area for 30 minutes(deducted). They also were entitled to two
: minute breaks every four hours( not deducted). Jenny
: -----Original Message-----
: From: []
: Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2003 1:22 PM
: To:
: Subject: Mandatory lunch breaks?
: Hi all - In the pathology department at our hospital we prefer NOT to take
: a lunch break, since that puts us 1/2 hour further behind.  The three of
: are already currently working more hours than we would prefer, and do not
: want to stay longer into the day than we already  have to.  We prefer to
: take a 15-20 minute break earlier in the day, and then work thru till the
: work is done.  If we have a new employee or a pool person we tell them
: can take a 1/2 hour lunch if they would like, and that they are also
: entitled to a 15 minute break for each 4 hours they work.  We never tell
: anyone they can't take a lunch.  We just prefer not to take one
: Now administration is telling us we all HAVE to take a 30 minute lunch and
: that it will be deducted from our time cards.  I'm wondering how this is
: handled in other places, and if anyone knows if there is a federal law
: mandating 30 minutes lunches, or if it varies state by state, or per
: unions, etc.  Any input is appreciated!

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