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.

Steps to take if you need help


1st step. Is your employer in breach of the Hair & Beauty Award? If you’re unsure book a call or chat with us. Or you can find more on your rights on hours and rosters here.

2nd step. Ask the question. If your employer is in breach of the Hair & Beauty Award ask the question.  If this is the first time something has gone wrong at work and you’ve got a good relationship with the boss, just ask the question. Make sure you put any questions to your boss about working conditions in writing. If you need any tips get in touch with us. Book a call or chat.

3rd step: Be clear on your outcome. What outcome are you seeking? Is it a realistic outcome? Are there any other outcomes you would be happy with?

4th step: Professional advice & Support. If you’ve asked the question and your employer does not agree or refuses to consult with you on the matter, then it’s time to get some professional advice and support. Book a call to get in touch with one of our legal officers for advice on how to handle the situation.

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