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    Hi,

    So i work for a major electrical retailer and seeing as it was the busiest day of the year, our manager made us work 6 hours straight without any break, didnt even get lunch. Obv i feel exhausted and tired now , not to mention the fact that we were all starving after being on our toes all day today.

    As i was havin my dinner (lunch?), i was jus thinkin whether if what he made us do was illegal today? I.E made us work for 6 hours straight without ANY breaks??

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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Hi,

    So i work for a major electrical retailer and seeing as it was the busiest day of the year, our manager made us work 6 hours straight without any break, didnt even get lunch. Obv i feel exhausted and tired now , not to mention the fact that we were all starving after being on our toes all day today.

    As i was havin my dinner (lunch?), i was jus thinkin whether if what he made us do was illegal today? I.E made us work for 6 hours straight without ANY breaks??

    Thanks
    It depends how old you are. If you're over 18, you're not obliged to have any breaks up to 8 hours. After 8 hours, you have to have a 20 minute break by law.
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    A six hour shift is the benchmark for when you have to have a break I think - I work five hour shifts sometimes and I'm not entitled to a break, but on my six+ hour shifts I am. There are probably ways around it though, slimy employers these days
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    no.

    he knows the law, if you go here

    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employme...ff/DG_10029451

    Rest breaks - a break during your working day
    As an adult worker (over 18), you will normally have the right to a 20 minute rest break if you are expected to work more than six hours at a stretch.
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    What nuodai said
    I used to work somewhere that didn't give a balls about the law. I worked 10 hours straight once stood on a till I was practically in a dead faint lol. After pestering them for about 3 hours I was finally grudgingly given my 40 minute break then another 3 hours on. Lovely. Never work for Lidl, it's as close to slave labour as you'll get in a legit job in Britain imo!
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    no.

    he knows the law, if you go here

    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employme...ff/DG_10029451

    Rest breaks - a break during your working day
    As an adult worker (over 18), you will normally have the right to a 20 minute rest break if you are expected to work more than six hours at a stretch.

    Yea mayn he is indeed a very cunning and a sly dog . The shift technically ended at the 6th hour however we spent another 20-30 minutes is briefing, closing down etc.
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    (Original post by nuodai)
    It depends how old you are. If you're over 18, you're not obliged to have any breaks up to 8 hours. After 8 hours, you have to have a 20 minute break by law.
    19 mate
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    In next we get a 15 min break from 4.25hrs onwards, then a 30min break from about 6hrs onwards, then about an hour break from 7.5 and then 1.5hr break for 9 hours
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    http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/index/...lth_and_safety

    "Adult workers are entitled to eleven hours consecutive rest per day, and a minimum 20 minute rest break if their working day is longer than six hours. Adolescent workers are entitled to 12 hours consecutive rest per day, and a minimum 30 minute rest break if they work for longer than four and a half hours."

    So that's the law - what breaks you're entitled to apparently depends on your age.

    Also, you should have agreed what lunch breaks / other breaks you can take when agreeing your working hours / pay with your employer before you started the job, and how flexible these can be. These are the terms of the your employment. And your employer cannot change them without agreeing them with you again. Of course, if you do not agree to the new terms, then your employer can ask you to leave (with proper notice etc.).

    However, in practice, it's best to have a good relationship with your employer and understand the needs of their business. Retail work is naturally cyclical - there will be days when the shop is quiet, and there will be days when the shop is busy. In the busy periods, it's understandable that an employer might not want you to take your breaks. To do this though, they should properly ask you to waive your entitlement to them. If you are straight told that you should not take your break, then you should push back and ask how this will be compensated. Or, you may agree and just see it as part of the job sometimes, and that keeping your employer happy with you is a good thing.

    Most people, I suspect, opt for the latter.

    EDIT: Interestingly, the DirectGov link above lists an exception to the entitlement I've referenced:

    "The rights to breaks apply differently to you if:

    * you have to travel a long distance from your home to get to work
    * you constantly work in different places making it difficult to work to a set pattern
    * you are doing security or surveillance-based work
    * you are working in an industry with busy peak periods, like agriculture, retail or tourism"

    So it looks like it's fine, to be honest.
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    try 10 hours without a ****ing break :nothing:
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    6 hours without a break and your knackered?

    Seriously, man up and just get on with it.
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    Whores have to work harder than that.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Yea mayn he is indeed a very cunning and a sly dog . The shift technically ended at the 6th hour however we spent another 20-30 minutes is briefing, closing down etc.
    it's boxing day, what did you expect
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    check the company policy. In my retail store I would have been entitled to a 20 minute break in that time. If you know you're working that long, then mention it to the manager?
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    (Original post by Insiya)
    OMG !! I hate myself for viewing her picture. She is so going to attack me in my dreams. She looks sooo disastrous.

    Yikes !! Oh God...Bless the food she is consuming.

    I bet .. the food that she eats a day if distributed to the poor sections of society..none would have to go to bed with an empty stomach.
    Wrong thread? :lol:
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    Wrong thread? :lol:
    Oops !! Sorry.

    I have deleted it. Will now post it right.
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    (Original post by nuodai)
    It depends how old you are. If you're over 18, you're not obliged to have any breaks up to 8 hours. After 8 hours, you have to have a 20 minute break by law.
    You are entitled to a 20 min break every 6 hours not 8.

    OP if you are classed as an adult worker then your manager was within his rights to make you work six hours straight. Its not pleasant but hardly breaking the law and on boxing day sales needs of the business would dictate every hand on deck needed. And a six hour shift is a damn short day especially in retail

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    Yea mayn he is indeed a very cunning and a sly dog . The shift technically ended at the 6th hour however we spent another 20-30 minutes is briefing, closing down etc.
    Were you paid for it? Is it contracted that you are expected to stay after your working day for unpaid work? (If it falls under the remit or is associated with the job it is work) If not your on your time and you can leave
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    I would check your contract just to make sure, but its not ILLEGAL, just maybe against company policy.

    I worked at McDonalds for 8/9 hour days and they would often give me my break after the legal minimum amount of time being there (I think they can't give it to you if you've been there less than an hour or something?). I would often be working 6/7 hours straight without a break. Next time make large heavy metal objects fall on top of you... I got a 10 minute paid break when that happened, but I did have Mac Sauce all down my back...
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    Sometimes you just have to suck it up, I worked a week at Silmo (Paris optics exhibition) once and my day started at 8:30 brushing up the stall, went straight through to about 5:30 where we then had about half an hour to pack parts of the stall up for the night. Then about a half hour trip back to the hotel, shower and back out for 7:00 to entertain customers in restaurants for another 3-4 hours.

    So pretty much out of the hotel at 8am and back in at 10:30pm, one of the more tiring weeks of my life. We grabbed lunch when we could, normally you could find a 10-20 minute slot you were kind of free in to grab a sandwich and eat it at the stall. If someone came while you ate you drop your food and talk to them about the product for as long as is necessary.
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    Only if you work longer than six hours you need a break. It isn't that long! Try ten hour days working on the returns till on Boxing Day X_X
 
 
 
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