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Job Mandatory Break Question

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Job Mandatory Break Question

I got a job at one of the big 5 banks a few weeks ago, an office job.

37.5 hours a week so 7.5 hours paid daily.

Included in the 7.5 hours is 30 minutes of paid break.

In Ontario it's mandatory to take a 30 minute lunch break after 5 hours of work.

So is taking a lunch break necessary if you use the 30 mins paid break to eat lunch?

My manager is cool and does not care about anything as long as you put in your 7.5 hours you can come and go as you please. He's more result based oriented.

My managers been on vacation the past two weeks and recently the director (my manager's manager) sent everyone a mass email saying you must take 1 hour lunch breaks everyday and can't shorten your breaks to leave early.

By law we are required to take 30 minute lunches after 5 hours, so even with 1 hour he's pushing it.

I'd prefer just to work 7.5 hours straight and leave so I can go to the gym or enjoy the rest of my day.

If that doesn't work then I'm cool with 7.5 hours + 30 mins mandatory lunch break

I don't want to waste an hour at work everyday.
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Jr. Member
Jul 24, 2019
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Looks like the director is saying 1 hour. This can be broken down to a 30 minute lunch break (unpaid) and 2 x 15 minute breaks (paid). For example, a morning break and afternoon break. The director is following labour guidelines. It's only for a short time, until the manager returns
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Mar 23, 2008
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As long as the boss is meeting labour standards, your option is to take it or leave it. The job, that is. I’d just keep quiet until your regular manager comes back, and go from there.

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CNeufeld wrote:
Jul 28th, 2019 9:37 pm
As long as the boss is meeting labour standards, your option is to take it or leave it. The job, that is. I’d just keep quiet until your regular manager comes back, and go from there.

C
Not to mention OP just started the job. Would be a quick way to lose one by defying your director's orders. An hour lunch is pretty common regardless.
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BengaliPrince wrote:
Jul 28th, 2019 8:19 pm
I got a job at one of the big 5 banks a few weeks ago, an office job.

37.5 hours a week so 7.5 hours paid daily.

Included in the 7.5 hours is 30 minutes of paid break.

In Ontario it's mandatory to take a 30 minute lunch break after 5 hours of work.

So is taking a lunch break necessary if you use the 30 mins paid break to eat lunch?

My manager is cool and does not care about anything as long as you put in your 7.5 hours you can come and go as you please. He's more result based oriented.

My managers been on vacation the past two weeks and recently the director (my manager's manager) sent everyone a mass email saying you must take 1 hour lunch breaks everyday and can't shorten your breaks to leave early.

By law we are required to take 30 minute lunches after 5 hours, so even with 1 hour he's pushing it.

I'd prefer just to work 7.5 hours straight and leave so I can go to the gym or enjoy the rest of my day.

If that doesn't work then I'm cool with 7.5 hours + 30 mins mandatory lunch break

I don't want to waste an hour at work everyday.
Ontario employment laws don't apply to you as banks are federally regulated
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Jun 2, 2012
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Statsguy is correct with caveat that you may be employed by a subsidiary regulated in Ontario.

So you need to figure out if your division is federally or
Provincially regulated. Often, the investment arms are provincially regulated and separate legal entities.
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Jan 14, 2010
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These laws aren't made simply to keep you at work longer even if you're an efficient worker-robot. It's much healthier on your psyche to take regular breaks to walk, eat, socialize, etc.
Signed: hypocrite who eats lunch at their desk Disappointed But Relieved Face

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