In The Corps of Commissionaires Management Ltd v Hughes EAT/0196/08, the EAT held that the entitlement under the Working Time Regulations 1998 to a 20-minute rest break where the working day exceeds six hours is an entitlement to a single rest break and not a rest break for every six hours worked. Where an exception means that the right to a rest break does not apply, the employer must provide compensatory rest, which should be granted at a time when the worker would otherwise be working.
In Miles v Linkage Community Trust Ltd EAT/0618/07, the EAT held that an employment tribunal was entitled to make no award of compensation where an employer had breached its obligations under the working time rules in respect of daily rest breaks.
In First Hampshire & Dorset Ltd v Feist and others EAT/0510/06, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that bus drivers are not entitled to a rigid 11 hours' rest in each 24-hour period, but instead should be given regular but undefined rest periods so as to prevent them injuring themselves or others through fatigue.
A table setting out the rest breaks to which workers are entitled.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to rest breaks.