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Employers are required to ensure that an employee does not work for more than five (5) consecutive hours by providing all employees with a minimum 30-minute break free from work. Generally, this is known as a “meal break” and is unpaid unless the employer agrees to compensate the employee for this period via contract.

Further, the employer and employee may agree to sever the 30-minute break into two breaks of 15-minute duration within each five (5) hour consecutive work period.

If you have any questions in relation to mandatory breaks from work, particularly if your employer has failed to provide you with a 30-minute break for each five (5) hour period worked, please contact Toronto employment lawyers, Sultan Lawyers, at (416) 214-5111 or via email to mlahert@sultanlawyers.com.