Lunch Break Laws
I was recently asked by UK Business Forums to write an article clarifying whether an employee is entitled to take a lunch break.
Employment law allows for the taking of rest breaks under the Working Time Regulations. Most employees have a contract of employment which allows them a set time period for breaks, usually an hour for lunch. Many workers are faced with a workplace where the culture is to eat at the desk, or it is frowned upon to take time out. The repercussions for an employer who denies breaks to its employees are potential claims for automatic unfair dismissal and compensation.
There are of course other consequences. The employer has a duty to look after the wellbeing of its workforce and if employees recharge their batteries, productivity is likely to improve. You can read the article here to find out more about lunch break laws.
To find out more about your rights in the workplace, visit our advice for employees page.
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