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Old 12-25-2012, 01:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Toro 455 View Post
The law says that after 4 hours of work employees must get a minimum 30 minute break for lunch away from their work station (not riding in the truck).
To not do this would get you in trouble as much as not making them wear mandated safety equipment.

Some of the biggest offenders of workers rights I've seen were Hispanic crew leaders. Those guys can be harsh! Not to mention illegal.

Back in the day when I ran crews I bought their lunch and paid them to eat it. I left the ole payroll clock running right thru lunch. Their production was impressive.
I led by example. They worked their butts off trying to keep up with the old man.

The trouble with posting your state laws is not every states laws are as poorly written. This is from ct dept of labor:

7. Is an employer required to provide a break?
Connecticut state law does not require an employer to provide a break. However, state law does require the employer to provide a meal period after the employee has worked 7¬Ĺ or more consecutive hours. Meal period requirements are covered under 31-51ii of the Conn. State Statutes.

8. Is the employer required to provide a meal period?
The employer must provide a meal period of at least 30 consecutive minutes if the employee has worked for 7¬Ĺ or more consecutive hours. However, the Labor Commissioner will exempt the employer from this requirement if one of the following conditions is present:
a. complying with this requirement would endanger public safety;
b. the duties of the position can only be performed by one employee;
c. the employer employs less than 5 employees on that shift at that one business location (this only applies to that particular shift); or,
d. the employer's operation requires that employees be available to respond to urgent conditions, and that the employees are compensated for the meal period.

So breaks are not required here and since my crews are 2-3 man nor are lunches. We do not take lunch every day but we also do not doc for it and we pay them from the time they get to the shop till the time were unloaded and they leave.

But the OP is getting screwed and it's a topic I have thought on as well and in the future I have plans to solve that issue. Two phase one gps tracking over every truck we have and two a work site time clock where they clock in and out by swiping there ids. Currently they sign in and out and are regularly caught steeling time from me. I intend to end that soon and pay by the min not by the quarter hours. If they wish to take 47 mins for lunch then np but they learn its their time not mine. And most guys would rather snack all day and skip lunch get home earlier and have a larger pay check. It's only when they think the lunch is a income perk that they become obsessed with it.
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