Daily rest periods

Under reg.10 of the Working Time Regulations 1998, workers are entitled to a daily rest break in each 24-hour period during which they work for their employer. There are different rules for adults and young workers.

Worker Length of rest break
1 Not applicable in relation to shift workers who change shift and cannot take a daily rest period between the end of one shift and the start of the next, or to workers engaged in activities involving periods of work split up over the day, eg cleaning staff.
2 This may be interrupted where the activity involves periods of work that are split up over the day or of a short duration.
Adult worker 11 consecutive hours1
Young worker 12 consecutive hours2

Related quick reference items

Rest breaks
Weekly rest periods