What Is a Break?

A break refers to a short interruption of work to allow employees to rest.

Are Breaks Paid?

In Canada, employers typically do not have to pay for employee breaks. However, if the employer asks the employee to be available during the break, they must be paid. For example, if an employee must continue answering the phone during their break, this time must be paid.

How Many Breaks Is a Worker Entitled to During A Shift?

In Canada, employers must provide a 30-minute break after every 5 hours of consecutive work. The break cannot be split into two 15-minute breaks and must be taken before the 5 hours are worked. The 30-minute is not paid.

Can An Employer Refuse to Allow an Employee to Take a Break?

An employer has the right to refuse to allow an employee to take a break.

What Is the Difference Between a Break and a Meal Break?

A break is a short interruption of work which, if offered, must be paid by the employer.

A meal break is an unpaid break taken by an employee to eat. The employee is not required to continue with their work unless the meal break is paid.

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