Monday, July 30, 2012

Rest Breaks, Meal Breaks, Smoke Breaks

I just came across an interesting post from Under Cover Waitress!

All about breaks, smoke breaks, rest breaks, lunch breaks...  I was completely unaware...  In all 22 of my waitressing years...  Completely unaware that the laws about breaks actually applied to me! 

Here is the post:
Rest Breaks, Meal Breaks, Smoke Breaks

There are certain types of breaks that we get.  And in all of the restaurants that I have worked in, these rules for these breaks have been the same. 

Smoke Break -
It's a quick 3-5 minute break that is only allowed if the waitress has every single one of her tables in good shape with absolutely no needs expected to rise in the next 5 minutes.  (I know, kind of hard to judge, and we don't always get it 100%, but we try...  most of us try.)  I should also add that as a general rule, only smokers get this break. 

Lunch Break -
Middle of a shift???  Not going to happen.  Some of the nicer managers have allowed a full 30 minute break for servers on a double, but not always. 

Dinner Break -
I always worked the dinner shift, so I have always gotten a dinner break...  They happen around 9:00 PM or 10:00 PM, when the dinner rush is over.  Actually, the most recent restaurant I worked at didn't allow any eating until the last table was cleared and all of the sidework was done.   

Bathroom Break-
Same rules as the smoke break.  "It's a quick 3-5 minute break that is only allowed if the waitress has every single one of her tables in good shape with absolutely no needs expected to rise in the next 5 minutes. "  Hopefully this happens more than once per a shift. 


10 comments:

under cover waitress said...

Hey, thanks for the link love. Sounds like you have had it good (compared to many) with meal breaks. Am curious, and you don't have to tell me, but if you would shoot me a private email with the state you work in I would be obliged. I am always interested in how the state's laws differ and when employers are nice enough to not just give the bare minimum that they are required to give. In any case, have a great day! :-)

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batel said...

wow this is soooo true and at my job we don't even get meal breaks so you could be working 12 + hours with no breaks at all!!!

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nahidworld said...

Am curious, and you don't have to tell me, but if you would shoot me a private email with the state you work in I would be obliged.
Waitresses

mezmerize4 said...

I can say thats more than I got at my last job.If you wanted to smoke, eat or use the bathroom you kind of had to do all three in an order...it went like this....check tables, go to kitchen ask cook for a special because its already cooked, go re check tables, put food on break table..light ciggerette...go to bathroom (still smoking)put cig in ashtray, wash hands eat a bite at warp speed...check tables again....go back eat another big bite, grab cig and smoke as much as possible..see where im going with this? And this was a 2-11 shift.

Jay Chandler said...

Not bad for a daily dose of nicotine at work. Why not try a good alternative to smoking, such as the e-cig? Enjoyed reading this post, though. :)

Rasel Bhuyan said...

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On your feet said...

Sometimes the effort it takes to fight for a break seems like it's not worth it. However, most employers will eventually capitulate when pressed. It is the law after all. Of course, as Under Cover points out, the requirement is really just the bare minimum.

Keep preaching that breaktime gospel!

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