Leaving the Facility on Paid 15 Minute Break
drowley 6 Posts
I'm hoping some one can enlighten me. The company is in Michigan (GO PISTONS). We currently give all our employees a 15 mnute paid break. They are not required to punch in and out for this break. Here's my situation. I just discovered that I have a number of employees that are leaving to go run errands, get breakfast, ect. while on break. (My gut tells me this is not a good situation). My payroll administrator said they are punching in and out for these occasions. He said that I can not mandate where they spend their break time. I'm thinking he is wrong, as I am paying them for this time. I feel we are setting ourselves up for a lawsuit if some one is in an accident if we are paying them, even if they did punch out. Please enlighten me. Share your wisdom and knowledge in this area.
As other posters have stated, you have the right to dictate how, when and where these breaks are conducted.
We have more of a problem with employees "sneaking" out of the building without clocking in and out to get food, etc. We have caught several trying to come up the back stairs with fast food.
To each his own.... as they say in the RE business: location, location, location.
By the way, Mom's makes the best pies!!!!
The facts are in your policy.
I hope this goes away quietly for you but I wouldn't bet on it.
Good luck and let us know how it turns out.