Employers, specifically in the health care industry, are being targeted by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for using automatic meal break deductions unlawfully. If your company automatically deducts a certain amount of time from employee paychecks for meal breaks, be sure to follow these guidelines:
- Make absolutely sure that the entire meal break is taken without interruption.
- Employees and managers should closely review the hours submitted to payroll to ensure they are accurate. Make adjustments where needed.
- Consider having employees clock in and out for more accurate timekeeping.