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Rest Breaks and the Working Time Regulations

Posted on July 12, 2013

12 July 2013: What is my right to rest breaks under the Working Time Regulations 1998?


Daily rest: All adult workers must be given a minimum of eleven consecutive hours rest during each 24 hour period during which he works for an employer, (12 consecutive hours for a young worker (see Working Time Regulations 1998, reg 10(1) and (2)).


Weekly rest : All adult workers must have an uninterrupted rest period of not less than either:


  1. 24 hours in each seven-day period (48 hours hours for a young worker) ; or
  2. 48 uninterrupted hours or two separate uninterrupted 24 hour periods each fortnight.

Rest breaks: Every adult worker must have an uninterrupted rest break of not less than 20 minutes  if their daily working time is more than six hours, (30 minutes for a young worker working than 4.5)


Monotonous work & Drivers: There are further special rules for workers doing monotonous work and for drivers.


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