Your boss is correct, if you are an adult worker working during day time hours then the minimum requirement is for a 20 minute break after a 6 hour shift is worked.
The law is set out in the Working Time Regulations 1998.
If you have any further specific questions about this please do ask.
You are only entitled to a break on your 8 hour shift. The working time regulations govern this and they state that an adult worker is entitled to a 20 minute break after they have worked 6 hours.
If you would like to know anything further about this please do let me know.
Under the Working Time regulations you are not legally obliged to have a coffee break. However many workplaces would allow this, if your company has allowed this in the past and is now trying to change this citing the Working Time Regulations then this would potentially be unlawful as it would amount to a change in terms and conditions.
well in my view that amounts to a change in terms and conditions and you have the right to raise a grievance about it. The Working Time Regulations set out the minimum statutory requirements, they do not give the employer the right to reduce break times, especially for a long serving employee.
You should raise a grievance stating that it is a breach of contract in that it is a change in your terms and conditions and that, as you have not been given notice, it is unilateral and unlawful.
Hopefully your employer will then reconsider their position.
I really hope so to as I think you are being treated very badly.
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