The term “Work-life balance” is frequently used to describe a trade-off between work and life responsibilities and or goals. You balance the amount time spent on work-related tasks versus time spent with family, friends, and personal interests.
The New Brunswick Labour and Employment Board recently decided that an employee was entitled to a paid lunch break because he was working on a boat which not only prevented him from leaving the “worksite” for his lunch break, but also left him operating the boat during his lunch and effectively, under the control of the employer. In general the Board considered whether the employee was required to remain at the workplace during “lunch break” and the employer’s degree of control during the break.
Most employers will have policies regarding whether lunch breaks are paid or unpaid, however, this recent decision suggests that a simple “paid” or “unpaid” policy may not be sufficient under employment standards legislation.
Employment standards legislation in all provinces and territories generally provide employees with meal breaks of at least 30 minutes (1 hour in Newfoundland and Labrador) after working five consecutive hours (6 hours in … Continue reading “There really is no such thing as a free lunch”