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    I was asked by a friend to look into how many hours you need to work before you can have a break.

    On google I found out that you need to work 6 hours before you get a 20minute break.

    Does this mean that you take your break after the 6 hours or can it be taken in between?

    My friend works exactly 6 hours.

    Thank you
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  • #2
    I thought it was 4 hours Louise. I was told that as employers we have to give a 15 min break every 4 hours. Strikes me I need to be working my girls harder!!!LOL I could be wrong though, Selina

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    • #3
      I don't know if this helps but this is from the website: www.direct.gov.uk

      'Rest breaks - a break during your working day

      If you're an adult worker (that is, over 18), you'll normally have the right to a 20 minute rest break if you're expected to work for more than six hours at a stretch.
      A lunch or coffee break can count as your rest break. Additional breaks might be given by your contract of employment. There's no statutory right to 'smoking breaks'.
      If you're under 18 but over school leaving age (you're under school leaving age until the end of summer term of the school year in which you turn 16) you're classed as a 'young worker'. A young worker is entitled to a 30 minute rest break if they are expected to work for more that four and a half hours at a stretch.
      The requirements are:
      • the break must be in one block
      • it can't be taken off one end of the working day - it must be somewhere in the middle
      • you're allowed to spend it away from the place on your employer's premises where you work
      • your employer can say when the break must be taken, as long as it meets these conditions'
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      • #4
        When I looked it up, the legislation/act (whatever you call it!) was written in '98 and updated in '03.
        Has there been an update since then? Do I need to check google again?
        I made sure it was a UK website too
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        • #5
          6 hrs. I had a big row with my former employers. they said because I only worked 5 hrs 45 mins I wasn't intitled to a break. but they would give me a 10 min break if I finished 10 mins later. I took it up with my union. Unfortunatly they were in the right.
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          • #6
            So does that mean that she could take the break 3 or 4 hours after beginning work, depending on when the employers decide is a good time?

            Or does she not get a break because she works exactly 6 hours and can't take the break after she has finished working
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            • #7
              I give myself all the breaks I need - regularly. hehe
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Louise88 View Post
                So does that mean that she could take the break 3 or 4 hours after beginning work, depending on when the employers decide is a good time?

                Or does she not get a break because she works exactly 6 hours and can't take the break after she has finished working
                i think that as long as she is working 6 hours she is entitled to a break i would say sort of mid shift, xx


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                • #9
                  Gosh! So by the sounds of it you are allowed to work an 11 hr day with only a 20 minute break!!! I imagine most employers (me included) give their staff an hour at lunchtime, usually taken between 12 and 2.30 ish, but then we don't pay them for the hour!!! Selina

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                  • #10
                    you can always phone ACAS and they'll tell you in simple english what you can and can't do. They've been very helpful to Chris on numerous occassions in the past.
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                    • #11
                      Yeah, 6 hours would entitle you to a break, this is given at the employers discretion, however, does not have to be in the exact "middle" of your shift.

                      I get an hour unpaid in the middle of the day and as much tea as I can drink during the day! Sometimes someone even makes it for me!
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                      • #12
                        Forgot to say my girls go out for as many fag breaks as their workload will allow and as much caffiene as they need!!! Selina

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