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Digest No. 1810

Employment Relations (Rest Breaks and Meal Breaks) Amendment Bill 2009 (2010 No 91-2)

Date of Introduction: 21 October 2010
Portfolio: Labour
Select Committee: Transport and Industrial Relations
Date report presented: 24 September 2010
Published: 02 November 2010byJohn McSoriley BA LL.B, Barrister,Legislative AnalystP: (04) 817-9626 (Ext. 9626)F: (04) 817-1250Public enquiries:Parliamentary Information Service: (04 817-9647) Caution: This Digest was prepared to assist consideration of the Bill by members of Parliament. It has no official status.Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, it should not be taken as a complete or authoritative guide to the Bill. Other sources should be consulted to determine the subsequent official status of the Bill.


The Bill amends the Employment Relations Act 2000 (the Act) to change the law with regard to the entitlements of employees to rest breaks and meal breaks.

The Bill as introduced is described in Bills Digest No 1735.

Main change to the Bill

Compensatory measures must be reasonable

The select committee has recommended that the Bill be clarified to provide that compensatory measures where rest breaks or meal breaks are not provided must be reasonable (Clause 5, inserting New Section 69ZEB into the Act).

The Select Committee recommended other minor changes to the Bill.

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