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Download 7 How the Other Half Rests: How Many Workers Have Rest Periods? (430 KB)

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Publication Date



ILR Press


Ithaca, New York

Total Pages

244 pages

ISBN of print version



Rest periods, Hours of labor, Employee rights

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© 1998 Marc Linder and Ingrid Nygaard

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

Void where prohibited: rest breaks and the right to urinate on company time