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|After we discussed your making your 8-4 schedule semi-permanent it occurred to me that I think there is a prohibition against schedules with no lunch period for non-exempt employees. I checked with HR and he does not think there is actually a prohibition against this schedule, that 4-5 or 4-4:30 could be considered the “lunch period,” but that he does not think schedules like that should be permitted. The reason is that in most or many instances the employee would likely end up taking a lunch break of some kind anyway and not working his FLSA hours. Even if this isn’t an issue for you, it likely would be an issue for others if it were generally allowed, and if it is allowed for one it would have to be allowed for others.
I’m not sure but I don’t believe we have permitted no-lunch schedules in our flex time, although I don’t know if we have a policy against it. But I do think allowing you to do this sets a precedent and we would have to allow it for others.
There are a couple of ways we could go with this. You could alter
your schedule to include a half-hour lunch period, which would be my preference, working 8 to 4:30.
The other alternative would be to discuss this as an issue of agency flex time policy to see if we are allowing others to do it, and if not, whether we would want to have a policy allowing it or not.
Please think about it and let’s discuss on Monday.
My family of 3 (plus pup) Indigo (Aimee), Rob (dp), Ryne (ds) & Phebe (dog), plus my BIL's family of 3.
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|4:00 is OK today, we just need to discuss and decide how to handle on an ongoing basis. If the 4:30 schedule works for you then switching to that would be fine with me. If you want to stay with the 8-4 though we need to deal with the departmental policy issue. Why don’t you just plan to do 8-4:30 beginning next week then we can discuss Monday and see if we want to something different.|
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