Re: Mandatory lunch breaks?

From:Lesley Weston

Other posts to this group make it clear that histologists are becoming
increasingly rare and valuable. You don't have to put up with this sort of
thing - other employers will be glad to treat you as responsible adults and
allow you to decide for yourselves how you will organise your work-day. If
you can find some way to make this clear to your present employer, even the
time-clocks might disappear.

Lesley Weston.

on 09/04/2003 11:22 AM, at wrote:

> 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 us
> 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 they
> 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 ourselves..
> 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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