Breaks


Is it time for a break yet? Believe or not hair stylists are entitled to breaks. Find out your entitlements here.

What you need to know


A rest break allows an employee to rest for a short period of time during work hours. A meal break is a longer period of uninterrupted rest that allows you to eat a meal.

A rest break is a 10 minute paid break that counts as time worked.

A meal break is a 45 – 60 minute unpaid break that doesn’t count as time worked. An employer and employee can agree to a 30 minute unpaid meal break.

What breaks am I entitled to?

I’m full-time:

A full-time employee gets the following number of breaks, depending on the hours they actually work (not their rostered hours).

If you work less than 5 hours: 0 rest and 0 meal break

If you work 5 -7 hours: 2 rest breaks and 1 meal break

Over 7 hours: 2 rest breaks and 1 meal break

I’m part-time:

A part-time employee gets the following number of breaks, depending on the hours they actually work (not their rostered hours).

Less than 4 hours: 0 rest and 0 meal break

4-5 hours: 1 rest and 0 meal break

5-7 hours: 1 rest and 1 meal break

Over 7 hours: 2 rest breaks and 1 meal break

I’m casual:

A casual employee gets the following number of breaks, depending on the hours they actually work (not their rostered hours).

Less than 5 hours: 0 rest and 0 meal break

5-7 hours: 0 rest and 1 meal break

Over 7 hours: 2 rest breaks and 1 meal break

What can I do if I need help?

If you’re experiencing a problem with your pay, read on to find out more information on what you can do. To access this information you need to be a HSA member. It’s easy to join.

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