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Please can you tell me how long your lunch break is for?
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Many thanks for your patience. The law on breaks is that a worker is entitled to a 20 minute break for every 6 hours of work. Therefore, until someone works over 12 hours, they would still only be entitled to the one 20 minute break. So there is no requirement to have 15 min in the morning or in the afternoon. Your 20 minutes break can be included in your lunch break in the middle of the day and does not have to be paid. Therefore, it is entirely legal to have just an hour’s break in a working day under 12 hours and not be paid for it, plus not to have any other breaks in the working day. This already gives you three times the break entitlement you are due under law because you only get 20 mins anyway. Are you saying that you are not getting your legal entitlement to breaks?