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Sunday, 1 May 2011

Break entitlements

I haven't had time this week to write up my usual how-to blog. Lots of the work both this week and last has been face-painting. Easter being a face-painting splurge! With most jobs starting around lunchtime.
This has thrown up questions regarding lunch breaks. This is a question which has been asked before of me so I thought I might clarify the position and hope that it's helpful / useful.
In law, a person is entitled to a 20 minute break per 6 hr continuous working time, this may include travel time to and from the workplace, but that is discretional. If the start time isn't 'normal' - perhaps the job starts at lunchtime - it is up to yourself to eat properly. In this day and age, working patterns are variable. We need to move with the times and adapt.
Timings of the breaks are set by whoever pays! It's usual for a break to be midway of a job, no matter the start time, however this is also at the bosses discretion.
For this information in 'legalise' have a look at the Working Time Regulations

Mandolin and Coffee, Marker pen sketch by June McEwan

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