Meal and rest breaks are important because missed breaks create significant liability. An employee who misses a meal period or takes a late meal period or a short meal period is owed a penalty. The penalty is equal to one hour of pay. One penalty is owed for each day in which a break is missed. Five missed, late or short meal periods in one week can mean that employee is owed an additional 5 hours of pay. The same is true for missed, short or late 10 minute rest breaks. As a result, one employee who works 5 days a week and fails to take proper breaks could cost the business 10 hours of pay in penalties (5 hours for meal breaks and 5 hours for rest breaks).
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