This policy applies to all non-exempt employees and their supervisors.
The typical university work schedule for full-time non-exempt staff is 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week. Actual hours and days of employment vary depending on department needs and specific assignments. A maximum of one hour is generally scheduled as an unpaid lunch break between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Regular full-time staff members who work this schedule receive benefits based on an 8 hour work day. Circumstances occasionally necessitate a non-standard work week for full-time non-exempt staff. In these situations, employees receive benefits based on the standard work week. A standard work week is defined as those hours regularly scheduled and expected to be worked by the employee.
At supervisor discretion employees may be assigned to a configuration of hours that varies from the position's standard work week. Benefits are based upon employee standard work week or the actual hours worked, whichever is less.
Two fifteen minute "breaks" may be taken each working day. The breaks should occur approximately midway through the pre-lunch and post-lunch working period. Breaks are not cumulative and should not be used to extend the lunch hour or to shorten the working day. The break privilege may be withdrawn if abused.
Part-time non-exempt employees are provided with one 15 minute break for each four hour period worked in any given day.
Additional pay is not provided for breaks not taken.
State and Federal labor laws require that an unpaid "meal period" of no less than 30 minutes be provided to employees working through the midday time and in excess of 6 hours. Every person employed for a period or shift starting before 11 a.m. and continuing later than 7 p.m. shall be allowed an additional meal period of at least 20 minutes between 5-7 p.m.
As employees who are entitled to the benefits of the pay provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), non-exempt employees are paid for all hours worked and are paid overtime for hours worked in excess of 40 in a work week.
Edited September 2010