Ask HR: Is it a break? lunch? or paid?

askHRaskHRDear HR,

Our normal workplace hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, on Fridays we have a staff meeting in the afternoon.

On these days staff takes a 30-minute break in the morning and then takes a few minutes before the afternoon meeting to fix food.

What breaks should I be paying vs unpaid lunch time?


HR Answer:

Based on the Oregon BOLI rules, employees should be getting two 10-minute paid breaks and one 30-minute unpaid meal period.

If the morning slot is considered a break, we would recommend shorten it to say 10- or 15-minutes of paid time to keep the morale high. Then give staff the 30-minute unpaid break before the afternoon meeting starts.