Adjusted Meal Periods

An Adjusted Meal Period is an arrangement that allows a full-time staff member to extend his or her meal period up to a maximum of two hours, but still work a full day.

The standard meal period at the university is 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or one hour. The adjusted meal period schedule allows a regular full-time exempt or non-exempt employee to extend his or her meal period to take care of personal business while still working a full workday. An employee can take a meal period of up to two hours.

This approach assists employees who, for example, are enrolled in a degree program and need to take a class to complete their degrees, when no other class options are available. The following are examples of adjusted meal period schedules:

Department With Core Hours of
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Start Time

Bona Fide Meal Period

End Time

Hours Worked

Employee A

8:30 a.m.

2 hours

6:30 p.m.

8 hours

Employee B

7:30 a.m.

1.5 hours

5:00 p.m.

8 hours

In order to create and Adjusted Meal Period, you and your supervisor will need to complete the Adjusted Meal Period Request Form.