Employers make eating facilities available as a benefit for their employees for
several reasons. Convenient facilities allow employees to spend more time eating
and relaxing during their meal periods while reducing the total amount of time
needed for the break. Some employers do not restrict the availability of meals
to just the lunch break. To accommodate the diverse schedules of employees, food
may be served at any time during the day and may include breakfast and even
dinner. Some innovative employers also now offer concierge services that include
grocery shopping and even meal preparation so that employees do not have to stop
on the way home. The cost of the service is paid by the employer but the actual
food is charged to the employee.
This policy discusses the responsibility of an employer to offer a lunch
facility for employees.
Topics in this policy include:
∑ Why Employers Provide Eating Facilities
∑ Scope and Operation of Food Service
∑ Restrictions On Where Food Is Eaten
∑ Smoking Restrictions
∑ Employee Discount
∑ Food Service and ERISA
∑ Safety Regulation of Dining Facilities
∑ Facilities Available and Accessible to All Employees
∑ Consequences of Opening Facilities to Nonemployees
∑ Taxation of Meals Furnished to Employees
∑ Business Entertainment
∑ Mandatory Bargaining
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