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.
Our earlier post about the U.S. Labor Department's position on unauthorized extensions of rest breaks has generated additional comments and questions.
If an employee stretches a rest break beyond the allotted time, does the federal Fair Labor Standards Act allow the excess to be treated as unpaid?
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.