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Ely, Counselor at Law
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I am located in, SC and am the HR manager. yesterday a

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Hi Pearl. I am located in Anderson, SC and am the HR manager.
JA: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: yesterday a supervisor called a meeting with his staff and called it a Lunch n Learn. When an employee realized that they charged her 1/2 hr. lunchtime she complained stating that she would have chosen to have her lunch elsewhere and not in a meeting. we are in SC
JA: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?
Customer: at will.. full time
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Ely replied 4 months ago.

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A bona fide meal period of thirty minutes or more which occurs during the scheduled workday is not hours worked if the employee is completely relieved from duty for the purpose of eating a meal. (By flexible arrangement, an employee may be permitted to schedule a lunch period as short as 30 minutes.)

As such, this "Lunch n Learn" may be a violation of employment law. The supervisor may wish to allow the employees to be eat their lunch on their own time, since a mandated meeting during lunch constitutes work, arguably.

I am sure that the supervisor has the best intentions, but perhaps it was not the best idea.

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