Should employers deduct money for time spent on smoke breaks?

A discussion about smoke breaks in the workplace led to a suggestion that perhaps employees should work for the time taken for smoke breaks after hours. This would mean smokers have extra hours added to their normal working hours depending on how long they spend on smoke breaks.

Another suggestion was that employers should total up the time spent on smoke breaks and deduct it from their salaries at the end of the month.

However, Ashley in Somerset West had a different thought:

An effective business does not limit their employee... An effective employee is one that can self manage.

Caller, Ashley in Somerset West

Saying to an employee that we going to deduct your salary because you smoke its a silly idea .... what about somebody who drinks a lot of coffee during the day?

Caller, Ashley in Somerset West

Its not up to my boss to baby me, its up to me to see that I get work done.

Caller, Ashley in Somerset West

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