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Administration of Meal and Break Times
Utilize a Workforce Management System for Meal and Break Compliance
Short rest periods, typically 20 minutes or less, are common and customarily paid for and counted as hours worked.
Meal periods, typically 30 minutes or more, generally do not have to be compensated as work time; as per the FLSA, the employee must be completely relieved from duty for the purpose of eating regular meals.
Workforce management technology can help employers manage the various rules concerning meal and break times. For states with mandatory meal and break times, APS offers a feature that prevents employees from clocking back in until their mandatory break or meal is over.
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Rules concerning meal and break times vary by state. Employers that do not comply could face severe penalties or litigation. In addition, some states have different rules for private and public employers. In many states, there are exceptions for professional, administrative, and executive employees. To understand your legal obligations, consult the WHD office or the state labor office in your area.
Learn more about APS’s agile time and attendance tracking software.