Work Breaks Policy

Work breaks or rest periods such as coffee breaks are privileges granted by department supervisors. They

  • should not exceed 15 minutes in the first half of the eight-hour shift and 15 minutes in the second half of the shift
  • may be shortened or eliminated if work schedules do not permit them
  • are intended as rest periods, and cannot be added to another break or used to extend lunch periods, offset lateness or early departure from work, or shorten the 40-hour work week
  • are granted to part-time employees at the discretion of the supervisor, but generally should not be more frequent than one break per four-hour shift

DHRM policy for Hours of Work

Current July 1, 2006