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Old 04-29-2012, 08:21 AM
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Ditto @ Nepatsfan. I give them the choice of working through lunch (sandwich on the mower) or taking 1/2 hr break and stopping at a nearby store. Legally you can deduct 1/2 hr lunch break but you have to give them that option. Otherwise you have to pay from the time you tell them to show up until you tell them they can leave. If they chill around the shop after you said they can leave talking and shooting the bull that's fine, but it's not on your time. If they are taking too many breaks and going to breakfast just hold a quick meeting and explain your expectations. As far as driving goes yes, they are "at work" for you and need to be paid. It helps me sometimes to try to think of myself as an employee and what would seem fair or unfair to me.
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