Work and Break Schedules

Meal Periods                       Rest Periods                Alternative Work Patterns

Hours of Work

Standard university business hours are 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Work hours and work days may vary depending on the operational needs of the department. Work schedules can be mutually changed; however, they must receive final approval from the Human Resources Director.

Meal periods

Meal periods are unpaid and are generally 45 minutes in time length. It is recommended that meal periods be scheduled from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Supervisors retain the right to schedule the employee’s meal period to fulfill the operational needs of the work unit.

Rest Periods

All employees shall receive one 15-minute rest period during each one-half work shift.

NOTE: The supervisor retains the right to schedule the employee’s rest periods to fulfill the operational needs of the work unit. Rest periods may not be postponed or accumulated. If an employee does not receive a rest period due to operational requirements, such rest period may not be taken during a subsequent work period. Rest periods are not designed to be used as make-up time to compensate for tardiness nor may they be taken at the beginning or end of a work shift.

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Alternative Work Patterns

UW-River Falls supports the use of alternative work patterns by full-time or part-time employees when such schedules are consistent with efficient and effective university operations. Alternative work patterns include job sharing, alternate work week such as four ten-hour days, and staggered work hours such as 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., with a 30-minute lunch break. Requests for alternative work patterns should be made to your immediate supervisor who will determine if the proposal is feasible and will not interrupt the operational needs of the department. The department supervisor is responsible for adhering to the standard hours of work. Job share arrangements must also be approved by the Director of Human Resources.

If you would like more information about Alternative Work Patterns, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

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