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My question is can an employer who previously allowed for breaks off of site now require that hourly employees clock out for those breaks if he/she is leaving the site?
Management claims that this is due to the fact that if an injury occurs, employees can claim workman's comp. However, our worksite has been here for five years and never once has there been a workman's comp claim. However, it was following the firing of an employee who management claimed to have been taking excessive breaks. What she was actually doing was taking a break when the "team leader" was to prove a point. However she was faulted for it.
Because Nebraska does not have a mandatory break period law, is there a Federal law that can cover this?
A few of us employees find it unfair as we used these 15 minute break periods to go for a walk, but that requires us to leave the site.