How do unpaid breaks work?


Many businesses have employment agreements or industry awards that require employees to be given unpaid breaks based on shift length. For instance, many awards require that if employees work a shift longer than 5 hours they are required to take a 30 minute unpaid break.   Rather than manually calculating and communicating unpaid break allowances for staff each time you roster, with RosterElf, you can simply set these rules on your account once and let RosterElf handle the rest.


1. Go to roster settings


Click the "Settings" tab then select "Roster" from the dropdown menu.

2. Select the unpaid breaks tab

3. Set the unpaid break rules


For each date range, select the unpaid break allowance you want to set. For instance, if you want 30 min unpaid breaks to be set for shifts more than 5 hours, select the 30 min option in the 5-6 hour section.

4. Review and save


Once you are happy with the unpaid break rules you have set on your account, click the "Update" button on the bottom right of screen. When this has been done, you will notice when rostering, shifts meeting your customised criteria will have unpaid breaks included.