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    today i worked my first shift at a busy cafe. I worked for 6 and a half hours and wasn't given a break and therefore didn't eat anything throughout my shift or have a sufficient amount of hydration. Is this illegal for an employer not provide a break for employee's and is there any action I should take to make sure this doesn't happen again ??
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    iirc you are entitled to at least 20 minutes break if you're working over 6 hours.

    You should bring it up with management.
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    (Original post by Inexorably)
    iirc you are entitled to at least 20 minutes break if you're working over 6 hours.

    You should bring it up with management.
    It's different if you're under a certain age.
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    (Original post by Tiger Rag)
    It's different if you're under a certain age.
    For 16-18 year olds (England & Wales) it's 30 minutes per 4.5 hours work

    https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/wo...nd-employment/

    No idea about those under school leaving age it doesn't mention breaks.
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    Why not find out the owner/employer's perspective first? It could range from a deliberate policy of exploiting workers to an oversight caused by a sudden spike in business when all hands are needed on deck.

    Why not ask, in a friendly way, if breaks are permitted and monitor the reaction.
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    you should get 20 minutes break,assuming that was from your shift start time to set end time not assuming anytime you were expected to be there early for.
 
 
 
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