Give me a break

Give me a break

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Nov 01, 2006

Q: Is our doctor legally required to provide us with a break room?


Sarah Babcock
"There's no federal law that requires your boss to provide a break room," says Sarah Babcock, DVM, JD, an attorney with Animal and Veterinary Legal Services in Harrison Twp, Mich. "So unless your state law requires it, your employer isn't required to offer one."

However, you may be able to offer some compelling reasons for your veterinarian to provide you with a separate space for breaks. For example, she says, if you're a nonexempt employee and you're not paid for lunch time, it's easier for you to follow the law and take a break if your boss provides a break room. And OSHA regulations limit what you can store in a refrigerator that contains medications, so it may be better for the doctor to offer a separate space in a break room for employees to store their lunches.

Proceedings papers for techs

The very best behavior advice for new puppy owners (Proceedings)

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The entire hospital staff should play a role in the counseling of new puppy owners.

The technician's role creating a behavior centered veterinary practice (Proceedings)

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A focus on pet behavior in the veterinary clinic is an excellent practice builder.

Trying times--dealing with canine adolescent dog (Proceedings)

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A behavior wellness exam is an opportunity to check up on a pet’s behavioral health and answer any related questions a client may have.

Enriching geriatric patient's lives (Proceedings)

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An important time for practices to include a behavioral exam is when a pet becomes a senior.

Tubes and tracheas--all about endotracheal tubes and lesions in difficult intubations (Proceedings)

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Endotracheal tubes are usually made from silicone, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic or red rubber.