Smoke Breaks

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  1. MSPW11

    MSPW11 Member

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    What are your thoughts on smoke breaks? What is your policy on them for cooks and FOH?

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    Daddio Well-Known Member Moderator

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    The labor laws in my area state I must give a mandatory rest break of 30 minutes (can be split into two 15 minute or three 10 minute breaks) during a shift of 5 consecutive hours. If the shift is under 5 hours no break is required. If the employee takes a break it is unpaid time.
     
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    Illinois labor law is that an employee must be given a 20 minute break after 7.5 hours. Most shifts here are 6 hours so my employees don't get a break. and they don't get a smoke break.
     
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    Smoking is gross
     
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    Your labor laws are ridiculous! 5 hours and they need 30 minutes? Sheesh


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    Daddio Well-Known Member Moderator

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    All this and a minimum wage that just went up to $13.60 per hour and this time next year will be $15.
     
  7. pizzapiratespp

    pizzapiratespp Well-Known Member

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    Our people can opt out of the 30 minute lunch at 5 hours. They all do. It's a big waste of time.


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    bodegahwy Well-Known Member

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    No "smoke breaks"! Unfair to non-smokers haha!

    Day shift has enough down time in the afternoon to relax a bit at some point. Dinner shift is not long enough to need a break. (5-9)

    One thing I do though is that when I have a problem with cig butts I take $5 off the managers bonus for every one I find outside on the ground.

    He complained at first that he would have to pick them up! I replied that that was one way to approach it. Another might be to get the employees to stop leaving them there!
     
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    pizzapiratespp Well-Known Member

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    We have 130 employees and can only think of 1 smoker at this time. He's a driver and I think he takes care of business on the way back from delivery. We have to offer 10 minute breaks for every 3.5 hours worked.
     
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    d9phoenix Well-Known Member

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    Trade ya for the Soda tax :rolleyes:
     
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    Wow that’s insane. I’m sure our minimum wage is soon to go up, but right now we’re at $7.25/hr but it’s tough to find anyone but high school kids to work for that now. Big retailers such as Panera start at $10 now


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  12. grassospizza1993

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    I wish they could in NY.