What is Minneapolis Sick and Safe time and how is it used?

Sick and safe time is a new law in Minneapolis regarding time off work. This local law creates access to sick and safe time for all non-exempt workers within the city limits of Minneapolis who experience a qualifying event. Sick and safe time includes illness or injury, medical treatment or preventative care, domestic or sexual assault, and care of a family member.

*Employees ONLY accrue sick and safe time while they work in Minneapolis and are ONLY eligible to use sick and safe time while scheduled to work in Minneapolis.

For more information visit the Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time website or contact Rob Winberg at the BRC corporate office.

What do I do if I get hurt at work?

As soon as the incident occurs, report to your first line supervisor, Safety Manager Chris Towle, or HR Manager Jeremy King. Your supervisor will complete a first report of injury form which can be found in FileMaker. A hard copy of the form can be obtained through Human Resources.

Do I need to punch out for lunch?

Employer’s are required to allow employees time for an unpaid lunch break.  Therefore our system will automatically deduct 30 minutes unpaid lunch or dinner break during any shift of five (5) or more consecutive hours for employees who eat lunch at their worksite.

Any employees who leave their worksite for lunch are required to punch out upon leaving and punch back in when returned to the job site or work station.

Employees who take their lunch break at the job site or workplace are required to punch out for lunch. If an employee does not clock out for lunch, 30 minutes will be automatically deducted from their timecard.

For hourly paid employees who leave their job site workplace, office, shop etc, they are required to punch out when leaving and punch back in upon returning. Punching out at the beginning and punching in at the end of each meal break is mandatory. Employees are required to punch out if on extended personal phone calls or for any other personal reasons that they are not performing company work (other than using the restroom). Immediate supervisors will notify employees of any rules for scheduling lunch breaks at each work location and/or within each department.

Employees can override the automatic deduction for lunch, if necessary and it can also be corrected by talking with your Foreman to correct your time card.

What is Per Diem and who is eligible?

Per Diem means “per day.” Per Diem is a benefit for employees who are traveling out of town for work. A field employee is eligible to receive a per diem payment per day under certain conditions. 

The per diem rate at BRC is $85 per night OR a maximum of $340 for the full week at the company’s discretion.

Per Diem is calculated based on distances between your home, the job’s address, the job’s designated shop, and your typical shop address. The rules are dependent on whether your shop and the job’s shop are the same or different. As stated in the BRC Employee handbook, section 5:2. 

“A field employee is eligible to receive a per diem payment per day under certain conditions. If the Jobs Shop and Employee Shop are the same, then the employee will get per diem if the Job is greater than 60 miles from the Jobs Shop and the Employee lives more than 60 miles from the Job. Otherwise if the Jobs Shop and Employee Shop are different, the employee will get per diem if the employee lives more than 60 miles from the Jobs Shop and the employee lives more than 60 miles from the Job.”

If you have moved and need to update your home address with us, please contact HR Manager Renee Nelson at our corporate office.  For more information regarding per diem for field employees, or with questions to see if you are eligible, please contact your project manager.