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Stop docking time for breaks not taken

Comment 15th March 2013

  Remove the right for employers to dock 30 minutes per shift from their employees recorded working hours to cover breaks they do not permit/enable their employees to take.

Why does this matter?

Legislatiion currently states that anyone working 6 hours or more is entitled a a break of not less than 30 minutes during their shift for each 6 hours period.  In practice few office workers get to take this on a regular basis and land up working through or just getting 5-10 minutes to buy a sandwich that they have to eat whilst working.  Employers, however still dock the full 30 minutes.  For many people this results in effect to their employer 'stealing' £20-60 a week from them, more for those who routiely work 12 hours or more as they lose a second 30 minutes, per employee.

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