Breaks policies

Breaks policies

Postby Wat4sleep » Sun Sep 21, 2008 2:12 am

I have been looking on the AASM, BRPT and AAST websites and had found nothing on lunch break policies. Can anybody tells me if there is any regulation for breaks either for 10 or 12-Hr shift. It seems like I can't leave my patients unattended but I'm getting cut for 30mins break. Please post your comments on this issue.
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Postby Hypnagogic Hal » Mon Sep 22, 2008 3:09 pm

Lunch breaks are regulated differently in each state. The federal regulations can be found here:
http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/workhours/breaks.htm

Florida basically follows federal guidelines: http://blog.laborlawcenter.com/2006/07/28/florida-lunch-and-break-law/
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Postby Jayhawkhenry » Wed Sep 24, 2008 1:17 am

I do not dock my techs for meal breaks. They are in the control room for 12 hours with no place else to go, so I pay them. 8)
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Postby somnonaut » Wed Sep 24, 2008 2:43 am

HH,
Ah leave it to the DOL to not mandate a little thing like eating.
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Postby Hypnagogic Hal » Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:18 pm

Our techs don't get a scheduled break either, but they are paid continuously while they are here. If there is more than one tech on, they are encouraged to take a break whenever they can, but they aren't docked for it. The break room is adjacent to the control room, and is stocked with a fridge/freezer, microwave, plates, utensils, coffee maker, etc. Since this is also a physician's office, there is often food brought in by vendors during the day, and this is left for the night crew. I also don't have a problem with the staff eating on the job, so long as they clean up when they're done. I have also purchased comfy chairs and cushions, so they can kick back and put they're feet up for short periods as necessary. It's a tough job, and every little bit helps.

If your employer requires you to take a break but refuses to pay you for it, they may be breaking the law. Check with your local labor board: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=Ch0448/PART01.HTM, especially http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=Ch0448/SEC01.HTM&Title=->2008->Ch0448->Section%2001#0448.01.
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Postby sleepmac » Sun Sep 28, 2008 3:28 pm

Don't forget there may be less food brought in by drug reps as regulations hopefully tighten what those reps can provide the physicians. :-)

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Postby Sleepladypalmdesert » Mon Sep 29, 2008 2:37 pm

We typically have enough techs that they can take breaks. When, for some reason, we don't then the techs get paid for the lunch period and also we pay them a penalty which is an additonal hour of pay.
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