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Hi there. Please can you clarify how many hours you work per day at the moment?
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Many thanks for your patience. When you are on a break you are not actually working and this does not automatically get included in your working hours. Breaks are not paid by law and they do not form part of your working hours. The employer can decide to include them in your working hours but they do not have to. What would be important here is what arrangement you had before you changed your hours. You say you worked for 40 hours so I assume it was 8 hours per day for 5 days. If you worked 8 hours and took your breaks as part of this total amount (e.g. working 7 hours and getting an hour break), then the same should apply now (working 6h with 0.5h break). However, if you used to work 8 hours and then a break on top of that, then the same should apply now – work 6.5h and get 0.5h break).
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