Staff Policies and Procedures Manual
A. Working Hours
2. Lunch periods
Lunch periods for non-exempt employees are normally one unpaid hour and are scheduled by the department supervisor.
Wage and hour laws require that the employer provide meal periods of not less than 30 minutes to non-exempt employees who work shifts of six or more hours. For work periods of seven hours or less but at least six, the meal period is to be taken between the second and fifth hour worked. If the work period is more than seven hours, the meal period must be taken between the third and sixth hour worked.
If an employee is required to remain on duty during the meal period or performs any tasks, the employee must be paid for the meal period. Meal periods must be 30 minutes without interruption to be unpaid time.
last revised: 7/1/2007
last reviewed: 3/15/2013