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Your questions answered: Can staff skip their morning tea break and take a longer lunch break instead?

By Portner Press on November 14th, 2018
  1. Industrial Instruments
  2. Fair Work Act

 

Q
Store workers in our spare parts warehouse work under the Vehicle Manufacturing Repairs Services and Retail Award. They currently have a 15-minute paid morning tea break and a 30-minute unpaid lunch break. If a worker misses their morning tea break, are they entitled to add the 15 minutes to their lunch break?

 

A
The tea break in the Vehicle Manufacturing Repairs Services and Retail Award isn’t an entitlement – it states that the employer may provide either a morning or an afternoon tea break.

However, as you are in the practice of giving an employee a 15-minute break, we would consider that you could agree for this to be added to their lunch break, or offer the ability to take an afternoon break instead.

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