Rest Periods/Coffee Breaks

Handbook of Operating Procedures 5-2120

Rest Periods/Coffee Breaks

University of Texas SealEffective December 01, 1989
Executive Sponsor: Senior Vice President and Chief Financial OfficerPolicy Owner: Assoc. Vice President for Human Resources
I. Policy Statement 

The University of Texas at Austin (“University”) establishes standards for break periods for classified employees of the University as set forth in this policy.

II. Reason for Policy 

To provide guidelines for break periods for classified employees.

III. Scope & Audience 

This policy applies to all classified employees.

IV. Definitions (specific to this policy) 
V. Website (for policy)
VI. Contacts 
Contact Details Web
Human ResourcesPhone:512-471-4772Website:
VII. Responsibilities & Procedures 

Full time employees are to be given two 15-minute rest periods during the regular work day. Part-time employees who are scheduled to work at least four hours are to receive one 15-minute rest period. Ordinarily, employees who work from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. should take their first rest period between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. and the second rest period between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. Employees who work other shifts should be given rest periods in the same manner. Rest periods cannot be accumulated to be taken at a later time and cannot be used to shorten the regular work day. Unusual work problems may temporarily restrict use of rest periods. Supervisors should resolve these problems as soon as possible so that such restrictions are kept to a minimum.

VIII. Forms & Tools 
XI. History 

Last review date: December 1, 1989
(Minor editorial change approved October 18, 2012)
Previously: HOP 9.35