If employees are not taking rest breaks and lunch breaks what can an employer do? Do they insist the employee take lunch and rest breaks as employees often skip lunch to finish early?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 3 August 2010
Arthur Cox
Arthur Cox
Issues covered:

Employers must ensure that workers can take their breaks but are not required to force workers to take them; workers can elect to work through a break, provided they do not risk their own or others' health or safety. However, from a health and safety perspective it is prudent to ensure that employees are taking a minimum 30 minute break per day.

Some useful and important guidance on employers' responsibilities with regard to rest breaks was given by the Advocate General in 2006 in Commission v UK. She said that employers must actively see to it that an atmosphere is created in which the minimum rest periods are observed, schedule breaks as part of the organisation of working time and ensure

Already a subscriber?

Click here to login and access the full article.

Don't miss out, register today!

Are you fully aware of the benefits of Legal-Island's Employment Law Update Service? We help hundreds of people like you understand how the latest changes in employment law impact on your business.

Help understand the ramifications of each important case from NI, GB and Europe

24/7 access to all the content in the Legal Island Vault for research case law and HR issues

Ensure your organisation’s policies and procedures are fully compliant with NI law

Receive free preliminary advice on workplace issues from the employment team at Worthingtons Solicitors

Already a subscriber, now or Register

Back to Q&A's This article is correct at 02/09/2015

The information in this article is provided as part of Legal-Island's Employment Law Hub. We regret we are not able to respond to requests for specific legal or HR queries and recommend that professional advice is obtained before relying on information supplied anywhere within this article.

Arthur Cox
Arthur Cox

The main content of this article was provided by Arthur Cox. Contact telephone number is +44 28 9026 2673 or email rosemary.lundy@arthurcox.com

View all articles by Arthur Cox