Are there times when you are assigned two non-consecutive shifts the same day? If so, you should know that a work schedule which is interrupted by non-paid, non-working periods, as established by the employer (other than bona fide rest breaks or meal periods of no more than 1 hour) is considered a “Split-Shift.” When an employee works a Split Shift, one hour’s pay (at the minimum wage permitted by law) must be paid in addition to the regular wage for the remaining hours actually worked that day. Split-Shifts commonly occur in the restaurant food service context and within the security guard industry. The only exception to the rule explained above is where the employee resides at the place of his/her employment or is an overtime-exempt worker.
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