Williams College Employee Handbook
Breaks and Meal Periods
Employees should check with their supervisor for the specific meal and break periods in their department. In general meal periods vary in duration according to the needs of the department and the job schedule. Break periods may be formal (usually of 15 minutes duration) once or twice in a 7-8 hour workday; or informal (short periods of a few minutes now and then). Generally breaks in large departments are formalized and those in smaller offices are informal. Service offices are expected to remain open during meal and break periods.