1/2 hour for lunch?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CNYScapes, Mar 21, 2004.

  1. CNYScapes

    CNYScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 916

    Do your employees ever come back at the end of the day and say they did'nt take lunch today? I tell my guys at the beginning of the year that I will take out a 1/2 hour for lunch everyday, so you might as well take it. This takes the honesty part out of the equation. Does anybody else do this?
  2. Davis Lawn Mowing LLC.

    Davis Lawn Mowing LLC. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 200

    They better take a lunch since they are required to by law, well, at least in Michigan they are. Might as well eat because you should take 1/2 hour out daily for lunch breaks.
  3. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    we take a 1/2 hour out for lunch breaks, but if we are behind and the crew wants to work through lunch, they will get paid for it. it doesnt happen often, but its usually on a day where everything is hectic from 6 am - 6pm and you are playing catch up.
  4. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,581

    Crew is required to take a two breaks each day (one 15min, and the other is 30min).. One in mid-morning (10am) and the other in the afternoon (2pm).. They know that they are not getting paid for either one of those breaks. If we are really busy and need to keep working, I will pay them for one or both depending on how much we need to get done.
  5. gramps

    gramps LawnSite Member
    Messages: 241

    I always provide paid lunch and break.Hasn't been a problem.
  6. aries

    aries LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 334

    we eat our lunch in between stops works out best for us!

  7. WeatherMan

    WeatherMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 692

    My crews get 1 hour lunch which has to be taken at the shop no matter what, they must clock out then clock back in.
  8. charlies

    charlies LawnSite Senior Member
    from earth
    Messages: 587

    we charge our employees a 1/2 hour break to eat their bagged lunch everyday. no bagged lunch=hungry employee, i am not your mommy, don't even think about going to a fast food restaurant.

    as for breaks, they get plenty of windshield time in.

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