- Prohibiting employees from eating or drinking at their workstations and working before hours, after hours, or during lunch.
- Prohibiting food at employees' desks
- Having supervisors periodically patrol the work area during lunch to enforce the rule against working during a lunch break
- Not allowing employees on the premises more than five minutes before or after the workday
- Requiring permission to work at home.
It's important that supervisors can spot when non-exempt employees are working extra hours. If they know about it, there can be substantial liability. A couple problem areas: restaurant or retail employees who help out before or after their shift, and sales employees who make special deliveries, phone calls, house calls, or write thank-yous.
Source: Defusing the Overtime Bomb: How to Comply with the FLSA, http://www.hrhero.com," Julie Athey, 1999. 800/274-6774.