I signed a contract stating that I will be working 8am-5pm with one hour unpaid lunch. No where in my contract states that I get breaks or any paid break through out the day.

Are they able to do this?

I've tried to look it up on the website but it's a little confusing to understand, I live in Manitoba, Canada. I get paid per hour also...

My day looks like 8am-12:30pm

Lunch 12:30-1:30 unpaid


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    Why do you think they are unable to do this? – Khalil Khalaf Oct 26 '16 at 22:13
  • Regarding the "legal advice" close vote. Guidelines on that reason state Questions should be able to be answered by an HR professional in another company, and shouldn't require specific legal expertise any Canadian HR person should be able to easily answer this. – Myles Oct 26 '16 at 22:30
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    In my experience lunch is virtually always unpaid, why would you think otherwise? – HLGEM Oct 27 '16 at 13:58

They seem within their rights under this scheme.

What are the mandatory food and rest breaks for employees?

Employees must receive a 30 minute unpaid break after every five hours of work. This is the only break required by the Employment Standards Code. Many workplaces provide coffee breaks or other meal breaks, but they are at the employer's discretion.


Employees must be given a 30 minute unpaid break after every five consecutive hours of work. Many employers provide additional coffee breaks, cigarette breaks or other meal breaks. These are a benefit, but are not required.


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