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Hello, my name is ***** ***** it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. Is your employer trying to make you take lunch?
How long have you worked there for?
what has been the arrangement around lunch breaks until now?
Any lunch breaks would generally be unpaid unless the employer makes a provision for them to be included in your normal hours of work, although that is not that common. So the usual arrangement in a situation such as yours is that you work 8 hours a day, in the sense that you are actually carrying out your duties during that time, and get an unpaid hour’s lunch in the middle. There is no legal right to have the lunch break included in your working hours or be paid for it.
However, you would generally expect to see the arrangements around lunch breaks included in the contract. For example it could say something along the lines of 40 hours a week plus an hour’s unpaid lunch break every day. In the absence of anything in the contract this would really be down to an arrangement between you and the employer. They could request that you take an hour’s lunch break in the middle of the day because at the end you would still be working 8 hours and be paid for them and that is what you are contractually entitled to receive. If you are unhappy with this arrangement you need to raise it directly with them and try to come to some sort of an arrangement.
Hope this clarifies your position? If you could please let me know that would be great, thank you