Your questions answered: What can we do about an employee who takes excessive smoking breaks?

By Portner Press on October 3rd, 2018
  1. Workplace Policies
  2. Employment Contracts


We have an employee who is taking an excessive number of smoking breaks in a day. Can we limit the number of times a person takes a smoking break?


If the employee is not working their required weekly hours because of the smoking breaks, you can take disciplinary action.

Aside from that, you can:

  • talk to the employee about the issue and request that they take fewer breaks; or
  • incorporate into a policy that employees are limited to a certain number of smoking breaks per day (unless the breaks are permitted by an award, agreement or employment contract).

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