Subject: Rest Periods
Approval Date: 07/01/85
Revision Date: 03/26/87
To comply with legal requirements to provide rest periods to employees during periods of work.
KRS 337.365 states that "no employer shall require any employee to work without a rest period of at least ten (10) minutes during each four (4) hours worked, except those employees who are under the Federal Railway Labor Act. This shall be in addition to the regularly scheduled lunch period. No reduction in compensation shall be made for hourly or salaried employees."
The University feels that a reasonable amount of time for this purpose should not exceed 15 minutes during each half-day work period. At the discretion of the administrative head of department, it is permissible for employees to take a reasonable amount of time off from a sustained work period to make use of the restroom facilities or to refresh themselves from physical and mental energies expended in the performance of work. It should also be understood that work routines must continue and absences from the work area should be arranged in such a manner as not to disrupt the services of the office/department. The University expects all employees to exercise this privilege in a reasonable manner and to return to their work without undue delay.