Employment Lawyers Can Answer Your Employment Law Questions
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How long have you worked there for?
By law the employer is required to give you a 20 minute break in the middle of the day (as long as it is for more than 6 hours). You may not want to take the break but the employer can insist that you do so that they do not fall foul of the law. As they cannot add it to the start or the end of the working day they will have to place it somewhere in the middle, or thereabouts. However, many employers do not care whether you take the break or not and all they are interested in is that they have given you the opportunity to take it – whether you do or not is then up to you.
Also, they do not have to pay you for it as by law it is an unpaid break, but they can decide to pay you if they wanted to.
So you can certainly ask them to consider your proposal and they can potentially consider allowing it, but just be aware they do not have to so if they decide against it, you cannot force them to.
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