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  •  30+ minute lunch break is not compensable time (8+ / 0-)

    IANAL -- but I do work in Human Resources. I try to be one of the "good guys" and that includes making sure employees get fairly treated under the FLSA.

    If you are given at least 30 minutes for lunch, then your lunch time is not compensable -- that is, you don't get paid. But, you are also off the clock and should not do any work functions during this time. (We actually make our employees get up from their desks and go to the cafeteria, break area, or wherever offsite place they want to go. Work is stressful, breaks are good.)

    If you have less than 30 minutes break for lunch, or if you are expected to perform work duties during your lunch "break," then the entire time allotted for lunch is compensable, you should remain on the clock for the entire time, and you should be paid for the entire time.

    "what did surprise me was their supposition that nobody would notice they were lying"

    by harrije on Sun Jan 08, 2012 at 06:58:25 PM PST

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    •  30 minute lunch (0+ / 0-)

      The only time in my job where that may apply is when I am on the road to a job. I then get into the position of whether I should consider lunch as part of my road cruise there or back. In my case, this would be an issue. And I understand what you are telling me. In my case, driving to and from and what the company is willing to pay on travel??? Yeah, I may have not given the full story. I am not sure how travel on the road fits in to this.

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