Q & A Session – Paid 15-Minute Breaks


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


If you are a federal employee, do you have the right to leave your workplace and do an errand on a 15-minute paid break?



Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.


  1. Chanelle Pigford on

    Yea right , I filed for an increase for comp in March of 2010, 23 months later and still no movement. The Va has it’s head up it’s Ass . They lie to the public and have been claiming to resolve the backlog since 2005 . Meanwhile with 3 wars they act like they didn’t expect so many troops to make it back. Why didn’t they hire more Raters earlier? They only had 10 years and a multi billion dollar budget this entire time.

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