Breaks are times during a work shift when an employee gets to stop working. Whether they're paid for this time depends on the kind of break they take.

Breaks during a work shift are important for employee well being and efficiency. These can be short tea breaks, longer meal breaks, or rest breaks. Paid breaks are usually shorter, like tea breaks, while unpaid breaks are typically longer, such as lunch breaks. The specific rules about breaks – how long they are and whether they're paid – depend on the workplace policies and the relevant employment award or agreement.

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