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Chapter Six: Days/Hours of Duty

6.1  Workweek and Workday

A workday begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. with one hour unpaid lunch break and two 15 minutes rest periods. Each workweek consists of 40 hours, and includes work performed Sunday through Saturday.

6.2  Meal and Rest Periods

Meal Period:
The normal workday is eight hours commencing at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m. with a one-hour unpaid lunch to be taken in staggered shifts to support the office.

Electronic coverage of phones is discouraged except when alternatives are not available. Thus if the OA is the only person in the office and needs to be gone over the lunch hour it is acceptable to use electronic coverage. If two staff are available in the office, the lunch periods should be staggered. If telephone coverage during the lunch hour becomes a normal expectation of the OA it also needs to be paid time, perhaps subject to over-time.

Rest Period:
Employees are permitted two paid 15-minute rest periods. Rest periods are to be scheduled in staggered shifts to support the office.