Net 10-Minute Rest Period(s). Non-exempt employees are authorized and permitted to take a paid rest period, which insofar as practicable shall be in the middle of each work period. The authorized paid rest period shall be based on the total hours worked daily at the rate of ten (10) minutes net rest time per four (4) hours or major fraction thereof. Employees whose daily hours worked is less than three and one-half hours (3 ½) need not be authorized to take a rest period.
For example, an employee who works 3.5 hours up to 6 hours during a work period would be entitled to one ten (10) minute rest period, a second ten (10) minute rest period if the employee works more than six (6) hours up to ten (10) hours during a work period, and a third ten (10) minute rest period if the employee works more than ten (10) hours up to fourteen (14) hours during a work period, and so on.
Off-Duty Rest Periods. Non-exempt employees are relieved of all duties during the paid rest period. Employees are off-duty and are not required to monitor, answer or respond to work-related calls, emails, text messages, pages or other employer inquiries during their rest period. Employees are free to leave the Company’s premises during their paid rest period. Employees do not have to clock in or out for rest period(s).
Paid Rest Periods. Authorized rest period time shall be counted as hours worked, for which there shall be no deduction from wages.
Non-exempt employees do not have to clock in and out for rest period. You may not add your rest period to your meal periods so that you can take a longer meal period. You may not add your rest period together so that you can take a longer rest period.
Non-exempt employees will be provided with sufficient time to perform any necessary conclusory and/or preparatory activities before and/or after the rest period. Rest periods begin once all conclusory activities are completed so the employee has a net 10 minutes of rest. Conclusory and preparatory activities may include changing in and out of your uniform and/or safety equipment, washing up, cooling down or warming up machinery and/or equipment, putting away or collecting equipment, tools, or material, and/or traveling from and to their work station.
Report Missed or Interrupted Rest Period(s). The Company will do nothing to dissuade or discourage an employee from taking an off-duty rest period. If for any reason you are not able to take your rest period, you must advise your supervisor or the Human Resources Manager in writing within the same or next payroll period; it will otherwise be presumed that you were provided all your rest period(s). You must complete the form entitled “Employee Time Record Notice” immediately and submit it to the Human Resources Manager whenever a rest period(s) is not provided in accordance with the above policy. If the Company fails to provide an employee any rest period in accordance with this policy or applicable law, the Company will pay the employee one (1) hour of pay at the employee’s regular rate of compensation for each work day that the rest period was not provided.
Failure to comply with this policy may subject employees – including supervisors – to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.