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Hi, Im from the UK and I have just recently visited

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Im from the UK and I have just recently visited regarding a certain issue at work, with breaks during a shift period. I understand under the working time directive that I am entitled with a work shift of more than 6 hours is 20minutes by law, and this break has to be taken during my shift and not at the beginning or at the end. As to my understanding I am given the entitlement of 1 hour for lunch and 30minutes for tea break, which can be split in separate 15minute breaks, at my current work place. This is my question do I have to take them breaks given to me or do I have a choice to just take the 30minutes and not the 1 hour lunch break? which is I may add is unpaid.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: UK Employment Law
Expert:  Awan-Legal replied 5 years ago.

Awan-Legal : Hi
Awan-Legal : By law you have the right to opt out of the unpaid lunch breaks although your employer is obliged to offer them.
Awan-Legal : The link below also confirms this for your further information;
Awan-Legal : e1ff7adeb64042f9bba1201203250025
Awan-Legal :¶m=DG_10029451&utn=e1ff7adeb64042f9bba1201203250025
Awan-Legal : Please click accept on my answer and thanks for yor question.

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Expert:  Awan-Legal replied 5 years ago.
Thanks for the accept - the link is to working hours - I hope that helps in getting to the link.