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By Debra Roth

Q & A Session – 59 Minute Rule

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Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.

Q:

I have a question about the 59 minute rule. Does it exist and what is the regulation that covers it?

A:

No. there is no 59 minute rule just as there is no rule on administrative leave. The 59 minute rule is a custom and may, in some workplaces, be a past practice. In fact, it is conceivable to me that the 59 minute rule may have found its way into some union contracts.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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