A split shift is any two distinct work periods separated by more than a one-hour meal period. If there is more than one hour between shifts, the employee must receive one hour’s pay at no less than the minimum wage rate for the time between shifts.1 You can use any hourly amount the employee earns above minimum wage to offset the split shift requirement. In addition, you need not count the compensation for the time between split shifts for overtime purposes because it is not compensation for hours actually worked.
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