Meal and rest breaks - legal requirements and issues

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  1. Why early childhood services are not exempt and offering compensation is a no
  2. Payment for breaks
  3. Breaks that must be given depending on work hours
  4. Timing of rest breaks and meal breaks if there is agreement and when there is not agreement
  5. Strict rostering versus occasional flexible timing
  6. Problems or questions?


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