Posted on: Jan 11, 2013
Employees of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board claimed they have not been provided with a meal or rest break in accordance with sections 69ZD and 69ZE of the Employment Relations Act 2000 and applied to the Employment Relations Authority for the imposition of a penalty on the employer for breach of the Act.
The Authority found that the applicants were tied to their work station, and were forced into the unsatisfactory position of eating and drinking at the work station when they could and that the employer did not comply with the rest break provisions in section 69ZD(4) of the Act. The Authority said it was of the opinion that the rights provided under the Act were minimum rights and could not be minimised or restricted. The Authority ordered the DHB to pay a penalty of $3,000 to each applicant.
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