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Make sure your pay policies properly address meal breaks

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Paying employees for break time—or not paying them—is one of the trickiest aspects of wage-and-hour law compliance. Know your obligations!

THE LAW: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require em­­­ployers to offer meal or coffee breaks, although many state laws do. When employers do offer meal breaks of 30 minutes or longer, they don’t have to pay em­­ployees for that time. Shorter breaks—of 20 minutes or less—are compensable.

In many businesses, employees occasionally must work through their regularly scheduled meal breaks. When this occurs, employers must either provide another time slot or pay the employee for the time worked. To properly handle meal breaks, em­­ployers must have a system in place that allows them to know when an employee is working through a meal break so the time can be credited properly.

WHAT’S NEW: The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to hear a case on this issue, effectively allowing a 6...(register to read more)

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