Rest and Meal Periods

Last Updated 01/13
Applies to Staff

Policy

To promote a productive and safe work environment, the University provides rest and meal periods using the following criteria:

Employees Who Work At Least Eight (8) Hours:

  • Two paid, 15-minute rest periods per workday.
  • One unpaid meal period per workday of at least 30 minutes in length.

Employees Who Work At Least Six (6) Hours:

  • One paid, 15-minute rest period per workday.
  • One unpaid meal period per workday of at least 30 minutes in length.

Employees Who Work at Least Four (4) Consecutive Hours:

  • One paid, 15-minute rest period per workday.

Supervisors determine and advise employees of the rest period length and schedule. To the extent possible, rest periods are provided in the middle of work periods (e.g., mid-morning and mid-afternoon for 8-hour per day employees; after 2 hours of work for 4-hour per day employees).

Meal periods are scheduled by supervisors to accommodate operating requirements. Employees are not compensated for this time if it is at least 30 minutes in length, so they must be relieved of all active responsibilities and restrictions during meal periods.

Employees should not be absent from their work stations beyond the allotted rest or meal period time and cannot forego rest or meal periods and apply this time to paid time off. Unless approved by the supervisor, employees may not forego rest or meal periods to leave work earlier than usual or combine rest periods with meal periods so as to extend the meal period.

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