April 1, 2009
The State of California requires rest periods for all non-exempt employees. University policy provides a 15-minute paid rest period for every 3.5 hour period worked. Rest periods for hospital employees may differ.
If the total daily work time is less than 3.5 hours, no rest period need be given. Supervisors are responsible for making certain non-exempt staff employees are allowed the prescribed breaks. Rest periods must be scheduled at times convenient to the staff employee’s department and a staff employee must adhere to the schedule he or she is assigned. Rest periods may not be accumulated or combined with meal periods.
Special accommodations are made for break times for staff employees who are nursing mothers. Refer to the Accommodations for Nursing Mothers policy for additional information.
Human Resources Administration
Todd R. Dickey, Senior Vice President, Administration
University of Southern California