Employees can get daily and weekly breaks during their employment.
Daily rest period
An employee is entitled to a one half-hour unpaid rest period after every five consecutive hours of work. The daily rest period is unpaid and cannot be unreasonably denied by an employer. An employee is not required to remain on the premises of the employer during the half-hour unpaid period.
Situations can arise when employees do not get the full one half-hour break at one time and in such circumstances the employers must pay for the half-hour.
Weekly rest period
An employee is entitled also to a rest period of at least 24 consecutive hours in every seven-day period and whenever possible the rest period shall include a Sunday.
This article provides only general information. Details about rest periods or any other provision of the Prince Edward Island Employment Standards Act and Regulations can be obtained by contacting the Employment Standards Branch:
902-368-5550 or toll free at 1-800-333-4362.
The Branch is located in Charlottetown at Sherwood Business Centre, second floor, 161 St. Peter’s Road.
Visit www.peiemploymentstandards.com for more information.