The 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that employees who receive the "predominant benefit" of a meal break are not entitled to have the break treated as FLSA worktime.
The relevant question under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act gets down to whether Ellen was "engaged to wait" or was "waiting to be engaged".
How much of Ellen's "down time" counts as compensable work under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act?
Our earlier post about the U.S. Labor Department's position on unauthorized extensions of rest breaks has generated additional comments and questions.
Established meal periods of less than 30 minutes are not necessarily worktime under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
An increasing number of federal Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuits and U.S. Labor Department investigations include claims based upon the employer's automatically deducting meal periods from non-exempt employees' recorded worktimes.