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InstaPoll: Do You Automatically Deduct 30 Minutes for Employees' Meal Breaks?

Published: October 9, 2017

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, you don't have to pay employees for "bona fide meal periods." But for a break to qualify as a bona fide meal period, the break must generally be at least 30 minutes or longer and "[t]he employee must be completely relieved from duty for purposes of eating regular meals." As you know, that's not always possible in a surgical facility. So do you adjust the deduction if an employee works during her meal break? Let's first see how many of you automatically deduct 30 minutes from employees' daily time records. Case your vote in this week's InstaPoll.

It appears that surgical teams are learning to play nice with each other and treat each other with respect. Nearly two-thirds (63%) of the 315 respondents to last week's InstaPoll rate the civility in their ORs as "very good" or "good." The results:

How would you rate the level of civility in your ORs?

  • very good 36%
  • good 27%
  • acceptable 21%
  • poor 13%
  • very poor 3%

Dan O'Connor

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