Learn about an employee’s entitlement to meal breaks, rest breaks and split shifts.
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A rest break allows an employee to rest for a short period of time during work hours. Rest breaks are also referred to as 'crib breaks', 'rest pauses' or 'tea breaks'.
A meal break is a longer period of uninterrupted rest that allows the employee to eat a meal.
Awards, enterprise agreements and other registered agreements provide for paid and unpaid rest breaks and meal breaks, including:
- the length of the breaks
- when they need to be taken
- the rules about payment.
Awards and registered agreements may provide for a minimum amount of time off between the end of one shift and the start of another.
To find information about the minimum break requirements in your industry, please select from the list below.