Taking regular breaks at work is not only a legal requirement, it is important for an individual’s overall health and wellbeing. In the latest blog post by Broadbents Solicitors, we discuss employee break regulations and the changes that an employer can legally make to your contract.
For every six hours that an employee works, they are entitled to a 20-minute break, as required by The Working Times Regulations 1998. Although the guidelines are very clear, many employers assume that as long as a 20-minute break is achieved over the duration of an employees shift, they are compliant, however, this false.
The regulation means that all staff members that work over six hours must have a 20-minute uninterrupted break for every six hours they work. Consequently, an employee must not remain on call during this break or be expected to attend any work meetings.
However, it should be noted that there are several changes that an employer can make to the duties an employee carries out and their working hours.
When we think of a standard contract, we often think of written copy which outlines various aspects of a job role. However, an agreement to work for someone in return for pay means you have a form of contract with them. Employers are entitled to make several changes to the terms of your contract, including, but not limited to the following:
Changes to your pay, including reducing your rate of basic pay, overtime, bonus payments, holiday pay and sick pay.
Changes to your hours of work.
Your place of work
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