Work is deemed continuous unless it is interrupted by a meal interval. The producer and the agri-worker may reach an agreement in writing to:
- reduce the meal interval to not less than 30 minutes; and
- get rid of a meal interval completely for an agri-worker who works fewer than six hours on a day.
Remember that the first break must occur directly after 5 hours of work unless the employee only works for a maximum of 6 hours for the day. The break can also occur before 5 hours of work if required.
General information regarding rest periods are:
An employer must grant an agri-worker:
- a daily rest period of at least twelve consecutive hours between ending work and starting work the next day;
- a weekly rest period of at least thirty-six consecutive hours which, unless otherwise agreed, must include a Sunday.
For more detailed information, feel free to refer to the Section on Rest Breaks in the SIZA Guideline on Working Hours and Wages.