Closer integration between accounting and human resources processing is a noticeable trend in today’s business world. Modern database engines, decreasing cost of data storage, and no longer needing to format accounting records for printers, all have combined to remove some of the classical restrictions on the amount of data in accounting records.
Discussion Topic: In the Real World: Scenario for Discussion
The Brinker Restaurant Group, owners of restaurant franchises such as Chili’sÂ® Grill and Bar and Maggiano’sÂ® Little Italy, was sued by its employees for not providing adequate meal and rest breaks. According to California Labor Code 512 and Wage Order no. 5, employees must be provided with rest periods â€” specifically, a 30-minute meal break â€” every 5 hours that they work. After 10 hours of consecutive work, the employee must be given a second meal break. The California Supreme Court ruled that the rest breaks had to be offered, but the employer did not have to ensure that the employee actually rested.
What do you think? Should employers ensure that employees on breaks do not perform any work? Why or why not?