Generally speaking, nonexempt employees do not clock out when taking short breaks at the worksite. Occasionally, though, employees need to leave the premises. When leaving the worksite for personal reasons or breaks, it is important that nonexempt employees are off the clock during that time.
Clocking out when leaving the office to handle personal matters shows with no dispute that the worker is on personal time. Such records are critical in the event of a wage claim audit or if the worker is involved in an accident while away from the office, especially if the accident is fatal. It is recommended that companies consistently enforce this procedure, instituting progressive discipline for those who fail to comply.
If running errands on behalf of the company for business purposes, the employee would remain clocked in. For additional information or questions, please contact Nextep's HR Department.