Don’t Let Your Employee’s “Unpaid” Meal Breaks Turn into a Costly Mistake for YouAn unpaid meal break can become a very expensive lunch for an employer, but there are ways to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to try and minimize the risk.

Identifying the Potential Problem

The problem that results from unpaid meal breaks typically arises like this:

  • Nonexempt employee clocks out for lunch, or

New Administration, New DOL Approach: Department Pulls Back Trump Rulemaking LimitationsWith the new Biden administration now in place, the Department of Labor (DOL) has withdrawn a Trump era measure on guidance documents. Following a recent Executive Order, the DOL issued a final rule on January 27 to rescind the Trump DOL’s prior rule. The result will likely be less public involvement in DOL guidance.

Background

Who’s the Boss? U.S. DOL Issues Final Rule on Independent Contractor StatusEmployers often ask, “Can this worker be an independent contractor?” The answer is often unclear due to the different tests for employee versus independent contractor status, which vary between federal circuit courts and from state to state. In the end, the answer typically depends on how much risk the employer is willing to take. In