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Is an employee entitled to be paid for time spent taking a rest break to which they are entitled under Working Time Regulations 1998, SI 1998/1833, reg 12(1)?

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Published on LexisPSL on 09/05/2019

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  • Is an employee entitled to be paid for time spent taking a rest break to which they are entitled under Working Time Regulations 1998, SI 1998/1833, reg 12(1)?

If a worker works for more than six hours a day, they are entitled to leave their workstation (if they wish) to take a rest break, for a minimum of 20 minutes. Workers are entitled to only one rest break, no matter how long beyond six hours they work.

A rest 'break' is therefore a period within a period of working time during which the worker is freed from the obligations of work.

A rest break must be a period which:

  1. the worker knows in advance will be uninterru

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