All about rest break rules for hourly employees

What are the rest break rules for my company? Do all businesses have to comply with this rule? How do we even track it? Rest break rules differ from state to state.

When it comes to running a business, these are the things that I often miss and I know they can cause a huge penalty for my business. So, it sometimes keeps me up at nights.

The rules below are up to date as of 4/15/2018.

California rest break rules:

  • 10 consecutive minutes for rest break every 4 hours.
  • Breaks are paid.
  • Does NOT have to be scheduled at a specific time.
  • Employees do NOT have to stay on premise.
  • Penalty: one extra hour pay for each missed rest break.

Oregon rest break rules::

  • 10 consecutive minutes for rest break every 4 hours.
  • Breaks are paid.
  • Does NOT have to be scheduled at a specific time.
  • Employees can be requested by employer to stay on premise.
  • Penalty: up to $1000 per violation

Washington rest break rules:

  • 10 minutes for rest break every 4 hours. It does NOT have to be consecutive. It is up to the employer.
  • Breaks are paid.
  • Does NOT have to be scheduled at a specific time.
  • Rest break must occur no later than three hours.
  • Employees can be requested by employer to stay on premise.
  • Penalty: pay for missed rest breaks as additional time worked, which may qualify for overtime.

Nevada rest break rules:

  • 10 minutes for rest break every 4 hours.
  • Breaks are paid.
  • Does NOT have to be scheduled at a specific time.
  • Employees can voluntarily agree to forgo rest breaks.
  • Penalty: pay for missed rest breaks as additional time worked, which may qualify for overtime.

Best way to track it is through an automated time clock app. Here’s how IDEAblox Time Clock app does it.

The “start my rest break” option appears after the employee clocks in. They click on the start button when they want to start their rest break.
When the employee starts his or her rest break, they can keep track when the break was started. The time clock also keeps track automatically.
If the employee tries to clock back in before the state regulated time for break, they get a warning to let them know they still have time left.
The employees and managers can see the time and duration of the rest breaks.
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