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Rest breaks and rest periods

Updating author: Nicky Stibbs

Summary

  • Under the Working Time Regulations 1998 (SI 1998/1833) workers have the right to a minimum daily rest period between each working day or shift. (See Rest breaks and rest periods)
  • Workers also have the right to a minimum weekly rest period. (See Rest breaks and rest periods)
  • Adult workers have the right to a minimum daily rest break of 20 minutes in every working day lasting more than six hours. Workers under the age of 18 have the right to a minimum rest break of 30 minutes in every working day lasting more than four and a half hours. (See Rest breaks and rest periods)
  • Some categories of worker are excluded from these rights. (See Exclusions)
  • A worker who is denied his or her statutory right to rest breaks and rest periods may complain to an employment tribunal. (See Complaints to an employment tribunal)
  • Separate entitlements apply to mobile workers subject to the EU drivers' hours rules. (See Road transport sector)