How Many Smoke Breaks Are Allowed At Work?

How many smoke breaks are allowed at work in South Africa?

Smokers in South Africa take, on average, three to four smoke breaks a day with 42% of their colleagues saying they don’t mind if they do.

How do you handle an employee on smoke breaks?

Clarify their policy on breaks at work. Ensure all employees are aware of breaks and reasonable time away from their workstation that they are entitled to in a day. Consider giving smoking employees the option to take a shorter lunch break and more smoking breaks.

What is the longest you can work without a break?

In general, you are entitled to a 15 minute break when you have worked for 4 ½ hours. If you work more than 6 hours you are entitled to a 30 minute break, which can include the first 15-minute break. There is no entitlement to be paid for these breaks and they are not considered working time.

Are you required to give smoke breaks?

No. California employers are not required to designate smoking areas for employees, but if they do, the areas must be a non-work area where no employee is required to enter the room as part of their job during regular office hours. No minors may be allowed in a smoking break room.