I read an article today by a contractor that decided to check up on his crew’s break times. At the start of break, the crew jumped in a truck, drove 15 minutes to a doughnut shop, had coffee and a doughnut or two, drove 15 minutes back to the job site. Total time for the morning break was right at 45 minutes.

He calculated what he paid for that time, and it hurt.

How much time do your crews take for breaks? If memory serves me well, most states have a mandated break time for morning and afternoon breaks of ten minutes. That is ten minutes in the morning, ten minutes in the afternoon.

If you don’t limit break times, who will? Do you know how much break time you are paying for?

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November 14, 2009 7:43 am

My guys decided to work break times through…now they are working only 7.5 hours and the productivity went down to 7 hours. We pay for 8 hours. Now they do some additional cracy stuff, like driving to the office and so on for no reason. The productivity is down to 6.5 hours. And the guys are wondering why they only get paid 16 Dollars an Hour. The one we get rid of first will be the site super, he has too much experience working on unionized jobs, he does not want to be hands on after one Year with a… Read more »

john  ryan
john ryan
March 4, 2007 8:24 am

i never could understand why guys dont get paid for lunch time, i pay my staff for a 8 hour day including lunch, as for 15mins lol when you need a rest take one …… if you lifting heavy doors ,and sheet rock all day, you need all the rest you can, isnt it better to give the worker a little time to rest, rather than lose the same person to being sick the following day ? in fact ive paid one guy to baby sit the tools, cause his $15 is worth 4 time that when the guys take… Read more »

September 4, 2006 9:17 pm

Michael, I take a different Michael, I take a different approach to break times. In our manual it allows for the state mandated 15 minute break twice a day along with a 30 minute lunch break. None of these have to be paid according to our laws. But off the record we don’t take a morning or afternoon break, but do take a paid thirty minute lunch. I also “encourage” those involved to bring there lunch and stagger lunch breaks so that someone is left at the jobsite to keep from having to put up tools and lock up the… Read more »

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