Our expert says:
RE: LUNCH BREAKS
Your understanding of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act is absolutely correct. After 5 hours at work an employee is entitled to 1 hour but can be reduced by agreement to 30 minutes.
The ECEA is unfortunately implemented across the board and doesn't take into account the variances of differing industries. It is suggested that you enter into a specific agreement where people are entitled to a half hour break after 5 hours at work but that they be on standby incase a therapist is needed. These agreements should be reduced to writing as proof for same.
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