Mandatory Employee Breaks: What to Do When Employees Are Not Taking Their Breaks (On-Demand)

$169.00

Employers are facing an unfettered number of wage and hour claims, on an individual and company-wide basis. Many of these claims arise from an employer’s duty to provide breaks under various employment laws. This topic will provide an overview of break requirements and then delve into best practices for the most cutting-edge break policies available to employers, including a compliance and reporting program for violations. In addition, this material will discuss ‘real’ feedback from employee interviews on what matters to them in the workplace and provide insight into why this should be important to employers, both from a legal liability perspective but also employee morale. Finally, this topic will detail the potential exposure for employers that fail to ensure their employees are receiving their legal break obligations under applicable law and provide some further guidance on how to minimize company-wide liability.

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Event Details

Course Type

Course Instructor

Annie Ellis, Esq.

Original Date Of Course

General Credits

1.5

Course Description

Employers are facing an unfettered number of wage and hour claims, on an individual and company-wide basis. Many of these claims arise from an employer’s duty to provide breaks under various employment laws. This topic will provide an overview of break requirements and then delve into best practices for the most cutting-edge break policies available to employers, including a compliance and reporting program for violations. In addition, this material will discuss ‘real’ feedback from employee interviews on what matters to them in the workplace and provide insight into why this should be important to employers, both from a legal liability perspective but also employee morale. Finally, this topic will detail the potential exposure for employers that fail to ensure their employees are receiving their legal break obligations under applicable law and provide some further guidance on how to minimize company-wide liability.

Principles

  • Legal Standards for Breaks
  • Strong Break Policy
  • Importance of Employee Lunch Areas and Similar Perks
  • Liability

Syllabus

  1. Legal Standards for Breaks
      • ¬†Federal
      • State
      • Meal Periods/Rest Periods
      • Paid/Unpaid
      • Exempt/Non-Exempt
  2. Strong Break Policy
      • Components of Policy
      • Applicability of Waivers
      • Remedies for Non-Compliance (Compliance Program)
      • Discipline for Intentional Violations
      • Implementing Policy
      • Supervisor Training
  3. Importance of Employee Lunch Areas and Similar Perks
      • Break Rooms
      • Coffee Machines
      • Lunch Outings
      • Break Signs
  4. Liability
      • Agency Claims
      • Single-Plaintiff Lawsuits
      • Class and Representative Actions
      • Arbitration Agreements?

Instructor

Annie Ellis, Esq.