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Quick question about the meal break :-) 
10th-Jun-2009 05:36 pm
We kinda covered it pretty fast in my orientation and there was a lot of stuff to learn about, so I'm just makin sure I get the facts straight!!

Do we get our meal breaks if we work for 6 hours, or is it 7 hours?

Also, what hour do we have to take it by? The 5th hour of our shift or the 6th?

Thank you for your help.  I'm very excited to work at Wal-Mart!!! :-) Shout to my fellow sales associates! ;-)
10th-Jun-2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
My husband has told me in the past that if you are working 5 to 6 hours you have a half hour lunch break, if you work 7 to 8 hours you get an hour lunch break. You have to take your lunch break by your 5th hour.

But that could be his store's policy, because his store will write up anyone who doesn't take their lunch before their 5th hour, if you get a meal exception, or if you don't take your 15 minute break (1 - 15 min break for 4 hours of work, 2 - 15 minute breaks if you work 8 hours), and if you have more than a few minutes of overtime unless a manager takes responsiblity for telling you to work overtime (rare).
10th-Jun-2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I remember being told that lunch breaks are always an hour...............
10th-Jun-2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
It might be different for your store, even different for your state's workers rights requirements.
10th-Jun-2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
Should mention my husband store is in California, where the workers right laws are much more strict than many other states. So WalMart in our state is generally pretty rough on not taking the apropriate breaks.

Good luck, and welcome to the WalMart workforce! Retail is hard, but if you enjoy working with people this can be a great job (my husband loves his work), just remember people can be assholes and its not personal- just do your job, do good work, and help your teammates and KNOW you are doing your best! Your co-workers can be the greatest people you get to know, and your BEST friends, for us a lot of my husband's co-workers end up being like family to us.

And welcome to the LJ group!
11th-Jun-2009 04:10 am (UTC)
5 hours, no lunch. 6 hours - half hour. 7 hours, one hour if you're on the sales floor and half hour if you're a cashier.

Always screwing with the cashiers. @.o
10th-Jun-2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
I know, on my schedule at work that I'm supposed to take a half hour lunch...that changes when my hours go from 10pm to 6:30am to 10pm to 7am. Then I take an hour. (I'll be the one in the corner crocheting, I hate long lunch hours)
10th-Jun-2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
Anyone working in Illinois that can answer me? If not I can just ask someone when I go back later this week, but it would be nice to know now (in case I forget to ask or something) :-)
11th-Jun-2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
5 hours or less, you get one break, no lunch. 15 mins.

6 or 6.5 hours of working time, you get one half-hour lunch break + one fifteen (where I work).

7, 8, 9 hour shift scheduled, you get one hour plus two fifteen minute breaks.

Also, sometimes for the lesser ones people still take a second fifteen, as long as they get their work done I haven't seen too many people flip out.
10th-Jun-2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
Ok first welcome to the wal-mart community...
always happy to see new faces. If you are reading thru this for the first time, don't be alarmed by the people venting on here, this is just our little place to get it out.

As far as the lunches, WALMART'S policy is : "for a shift that is 6.00 hours or less, you are only required the 15 minute break, 6.01 - 7.00 hours =1 15 minute break and one half-hour lunch. 7.01-8.00 = 2 15 minute breaks and one half hour lunch . 8.01-10.00 = 3 15 minute breaks and one half hour lunch 10.01-12.00 4 15 minute breaks and one half hour lunch."
you will prolly never work more than 12 hours. and remember your stores policy may be that over 7 hours you take an hour lunch, but for that you have to check with personal.
also company policy dictates that at 6.01 hours you are in meal violation. not a horrible thing as long as you clock back in after that lunch, (the one that went over 6 hours) and work for at least a half hour. most stores have a 5th hour policy to cover that meal exception thing, just so no one ever goes over.

if theres anything else just ask on here, many knowledgeable people frequent here
11th-Jun-2009 12:12 am (UTC)
At my husband's store the meal violation has earned many employees a coaching, and a few have been fired (after having the coachings and D-Day).

How stringent each store is on their policies varies, so DEFINATELY ask your questions misterralph; write them down if you think you'll forget them, and bring them in to work with you. Most of your co-workers will expect that, so don't be afraid to ask.
10th-Jun-2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
At my store, working six-seven hours gets you a 1/2 hour lunch, and working eight or more hours gets you an hour lunch. Ask your personnel associate or your supervisor for clarification.
11th-Jun-2009 12:24 am (UTC)
This is how it is in New York, and this is how I teach it at orientation:

4-5.5 hours - 1 15 minute break
6 hours - RED FLAGS!!!! No one should work over 6 hours without a lunch at the MIDPOINT of their shift
6.5-7 hours - 1 15 minute break, and 1 30 minute lunch
7+ hours - 2 15 minute breakss, and 1 60 minute lunch

Not only can NOT taking a lunch cause a meal violation, but so can taking your meal too late. In our market, we are cracking down on meal too late as well. The meal should always be taken at the midpoint of your shift to avoid any violation. If you are scheduled what looks like a 9 hour day, your lunch should start no sooner than your 4th hour, and no later than your 5th. Once you get past the 5th, you get closer to a meal too late violation.

All stores will soon be rolling out the EMS system - Exception Management System - which will alert personnel to meal too early, meal too late, and too few meals (none taken). This will help track and eventually eliminate most meal exceptions. This requires an investigation on personnel's part (oh yay) and then discussions/coachings held by management based on the findings. We have been a test market on this for a few months, and they are going to go company wide with it.

Some states are different. In New York, if you clock in earlier than 11am, and work past 7pm, you should take 2 half hour lunches - one between 11-2, and another between 5-7. When I was in South Dakota, things were not like that, and we could work 10am-7pm shifts with only one lunch. If you have any other questions, you should see personnel, your manager, or the breaks and meal period policy.
11th-Jun-2009 02:12 am (UTC)
If you're on register, if you're on it for longer than .... I *think* 5 hours [to 5.5 hours]] then it logs you out of the machine and you can no longer log on to ring people out until you take your lunch
11th-Jun-2009 06:14 am (UTC)
You should definitely check with your store. Every state is different. In my state, if you are on the clock for a second over 5 hours, you will be coached.
14th-Jun-2009 05:01 pm (UTC) - here in ohio...
here, we have to be clocked out right before six hours of being on the clock. if not, it's a meal exception. i work in produce and no one really bitches about what i do (that i know of), so i always take 2 fifteen minute breaks, no matter how long the shift. if i'm workin a six hour shift, i clock out right at six hours, and usually don't take a lunch. if i work seven or eight hours, i take an hour lunch. i want to see what happens if i only take a half-hour lunch, so i can get that extra 30 minutes on the clock. i smoke so, even if i was scheduled for two hours, i'd probably take two fifteen minute breaks. they can suck it.
14th-Jun-2009 05:16 pm (UTC) - Re: here in ohio...
I would coach you.
14th-Jun-2009 11:06 pm (UTC) - Re: here in ohio...
yeah, well, you aren't...
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