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Rest and Meal Breaks

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From 6 May, 2019 all employees are now entitled to the prescribed rest and meal break which, unless the parties agree otherwise, MUST BE TAKEN at the prescribed times.

While it may be possible for an employer and employee to agree to change when the breaks happen, they cannot agree to a shorter break length.

If parties do not agree to vary the times the defaults are:


In the absence of agreement, the Court or Authority will enforce the provisions of the Act irrespective of how unreasonable that may be, or the consequences of such a decision on either the employee or the employer.

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