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How long must an employee work before they can take a lunch?

Expert: Howard Levitt

Sandy asked:

If I am deducting a 30 minute lunch from an employee, what is the minimum amount of hours they should be working?

Howard Levitt answered:

An employee must be permitted to have a 30 minute unpaid break after they have worked for a total of five hours.

About the author

Howard Levitt, Counsel to the national law firm Lang Michener. He is author of, The Law of Dismissal in Canada, The Quick Reference Guide to Employment Law and an upcoming book on Canadian Hiring Law. He is Editor In Chief of the Dismissal & Employmnet Law Digest.

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