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So do you get a break at the moment and if so, how long is it for? Also, how long have you worked for this employer?
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Going back to your query, the Working Time Regulations state that a worker who works at least 6 hours is entitled to take a 20 minute break. So the employer is already giving you the minimum break time required by law. Only if you work for more than 12 hours does the right to another 20 minute break apply.
However, as you are diabetic, you should get the opportunity to have a break whenever you need to take insulin (assuming you cannot take it whilst working). The employer would have an obligation to allow that under disability discrimination laws, specifically under the Equality Act 2010 which requires them to make reasonable adjustments. In this case, it would be a reasonable adjustment to allow breaks, as and when necessary, for you to take insulin to deal with your diabetes.
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