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When your teenager has a problem with their employer & you can't/won't intervene but you REALLY, reall want to!!

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Katymac Mon 29-Aug-16 16:53:18


Nothing else just that!

GasLightShining Mon 29-Aug-16 20:04:43

How old is he/she?

I would say it depends what the problem is and what your DC is saying

Katymac Mon 29-Aug-16 20:20:36

She has to deal with it herself

18yo, 8 hour day with no break & no opportunity for food - because it's a bank holiday & we are busy

I will say nothing!! I promise!! But I want to

Coconutty Mon 29-Aug-16 20:22:30

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

JennyOnAPlate Mon 29-Aug-16 20:30:25

You're doing the right thing to stay out of it op. She's an adult and you won't be helping her to adult if you sort it out for herflowers

Katymac Mon 29-Aug-16 20:33:10

I think i'll suggest she says to her manager that "yesterday was really hard without any food - but I understand having a whole hour for lunch would have been very hard, could I just have something while I'm working next time please?"

8 hour shift, she's entitled to an unpaid 45 minute break, plus 20 minutes paid. She'd better keep an eye on what she does get paid for the day, larger companies clocking systems would automatically deduct the unpaid break as it's assumed it's taken.

Katymac Mon 29-Aug-16 20:48:08

She normally does a 10 or 11 with an unpaid hour (but she gets free food) so that seems fair(ish)

I'll tell her to watch her payslip

LIZS Mon 29-Aug-16 20:54:40

Legally she is entitled to a break after 6 hours max. She needs to assert her right , and need, to take even 20 minutes rest.

GasLightShining Mon 29-Aug-16 21:14:48

Now I know she is 18 - yes she needs to sort it out herself.

The trouble is what the law says and what happens can be different (not saying it's right). I suppose if she is paid for all the hours worked it is not as bad but to be honest I would rather have less money and be able to eat.

My DS used to work earlier and later hours than he was supposed to as he was under 18. He was paid almost double the NMW so I figured he was being paid as an adult he could do the hours. If he had been on NMW I would have told him to say something

Katymac Mon 29-Aug-16 21:51:43

She brought it up with her supervisor rather than her manager

Who was horrified she hadn't had anything to eat & said they tend to work through when they are busy but that she should have asked for something to eat & apologised

So I am glad I nagged but didn't do anything!!

Balletgirlmum Mon 29-Aug-16 22:12:49

Mrsdmitri is incorrect.

She is not entitled to any break time paid but she is entitled to a 20 minute unpaid break (after 6 hours)

Katymac Mon 29-Aug-16 22:36:51

20 mins unpaid after 6 hours was what I expected (I used to be an employer)

but the important thing was she did it herself!!

Katymac Tue 30-Aug-16 16:40:54

Boss apologised today

Because she has fitted in & learnt so quickly they had forgotten she was new & might not understand the system

She should have had a short break & a quick meal even tho they were so busy

GasLightShining Wed 31-Aug-16 12:05:08

Good she sorted it out

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