- Compensatory rest break does not need to be uninterrupted 20 minutes (Network Rail Infrastructure v Crawford)
- What are the practical implications of this judgment?
- What is the relevant background?
- Background law
- Background facts
- The decision of the employment tribunal
- The decision of the EAT
- What did the Court of Appeal decide?
- Case details
Employment analysis: Workers in some ‘special case’ sector jobs (such as some security guards and railway transport workers) are not entitled to the standard minimum 20 minutes uninterrupted rest break after six hours of work under the Working Time Regulations 1998. Instead they must be provided with an ‘equivalent period of compensatory rest’. That period does not have to be an uninterrupted period of 20 minutes but should have the same value in terms of contributing to his or her well-being, according to the Court of Appeal.
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