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Don’t dock employees for time worked

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Q. We give employees the choice of using two 10-minute breaks each day or combining them into one 20-minute lunch break. The employees are required to punch out and in for these breaks. Now, we have a policy that docks employees 15 minutes if they're four or more minutes late returning from a break. Is this legal? —J.B., Texas

A. No! You can't discipline people by withholding pay for time they actually worked. Also, your question implies that you may not be paying employees for their 10-minute breaks. That's not smart. Remember: You can refuse to pay people for their breaks only if the breaks last 20 minutes or more and the employees are completely relieved from work.

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