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REST & MEAL BREAKS

From 1 April 2009, all employers will be required to provide employees with paid rest breaks and unpaid meal breaks. These provisions come into force as a result of the Employment Relations (Breaks, Infant Feeding, and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2008 passed in September 2008.

 

The Amendment aims to improve health and safety in workplaces and increase productivity by establishing a minimal standard across all industries.

 

Employees will be entitled to the following paid rest breaks and unpaid meal breaks:

 

ยท        2 to 4 hours = one paid 10 minute rest break

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