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Under the Working Time Regulations 1998 workers are entitled to a 20 minute break when working for over 6 hours. This does not have to be paid. 
The recent case of Crawford v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd asked whether the break could be made up of several shorter breaks.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal confirmed that it may not. Workers are entitled to a proper uninterrupted break from work lasting at least 20 minutes.
You should also give enough breaks to make sure that health and safety isn’t at risk if work is ‘monotonous’ (eg on a production line).
There are certain special rules and exemptions relating to breaks. It is important that you are aware of your obligations under the Working Time Regulations.
 
 

 


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