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What breaks should I get at work?

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What breaks should I get at work?
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What breaks should I get at work?
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March 9, 2018
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Ontario's Employment Standards Act (ESA) has minimum standards that employers must follow. This includes rules about hours of work and breaks.

In most jobs, you get at least 30 minutes off after every 5 hours of work. Your employer does not have to pay you for this time.

If you agree to it, you get two 15-minute breaks instead of one 30-minute break. You can make this agreement in writing or by talking with your employer.

Your employer does not have to give you any other breaks.

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