A friend of mine is having a few problems with his boss, no-one is quite sure who is right and who is wrong though.
He has been employed by the same small business for approx 2 years.
He works 5am until 3.30-4pm Monday to Friday, (10.5-11 hours daily)
Currently gets breaks; ciggie @ 7am(5mins), ciggie @10am(5mins), and Lunch(15-20 mins) @ 2pm.
I told him I'd look into it for him, but all I can find is "at 6 hours and over you are entitled to 20 minutes break"
4 hours you get no break
4½ to 6 (I think) you get 15 or 20 mins (paid)
6 to 7 (again I think) you get 30 mins (paid), plus 1 15 min tea break (also paid)
8 hours plus you get 1 hour unpaid plus 2 15 min tea breaks (ie only 7 hours pay, same as a 7 hour shift)
If I have that right then 7 hours would be a dream shift, wouldn't it! (I don't think they exist though - lots of people do 4 hours, 6 hours or 8-9 hours)
hamster, your friend's hours sound crap - I had assumed Sainsburys were standard but perhaps they're more generous than I realised?
blimey where i worked before having dd2, if i worked a late shift 2-9pm, i only got 20 mins unpaid break and if a long day, 2 lots of 20 mins if lucky, both unpaid, a night shift, 9-8am would only allow 1 hour unpaid break, bearing oin mind that i quite often worked these shifts with no break at all.but the hospital policy stated that all breaks were unpaid,
I've just checked the relevant legislation on both the DTI and ACAS website. There is an entitlement to a 20 minute rest break if you work 6 hours or more but it does not have to be paid unless your employment contract states that rest breaks are paid.
I thought that was the case as anywhere I have ever woked lunch breaks have been unpaid.