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Break time in 12 hour shift??

my work is starting on a 12 hour shift basis which is fine but im not sure if the breaks are very fair, the manager has stated that we will be able to take 4 15 min breaks throughout the day so in total an hour break unpaid, it will be 8 am - 8 pm, is this right?
i work in scotland
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work in a busy nursing/care home


    




skycat
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In an 8 hour day most places have an hour lunch with two fifteen minute breaks. Add on 4 more hours and two more 15 minute breaks you are even with your employer. Consider that most people do not work an entire shift anyway without milking it a little, you have it made. Unless you are on an assembly line or a computerized telemarketing job. That would be grueling.

Now that I know you work in a nursing care home, I think you should be given more breaks or not have 12 hour shifts. Burn out would be a serious issue when dealing with the elderly you are caring for. I think your management is nuts. I would not put a relative of mine in a home who had their employees work such a schedule.


wateripple
To know for sure, I would recommend speaking with the Labour Board of Scotland to see what the regulations are.

They will be able to tell you what those regulations are.

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In example...in Canada, for every 6 years of work, you automatically get a 30 minute unpaid lunch. Your employer is not obligated to give you breaks... But a 12 hour shift requires at least 1 30-minute lunch, and 1 or 2 breaks. Thats what I would get where I work.


colder_in_minnesota
Here's how we do it. You get a fifteen minute break, paid. A 30 minute meal break, unpaid. Another 15 minute break, paid, then a short meal break for 20 minutes, paid. Minnesota.


Peter C
The law requires that you have a minimum of one 20 min. break in the working day provided you work more than six hours.

Your employer is allowing you three times the legal minimum in total, but they are acting illegally in restricting your breaks to 15 min.

It is, of course up to you if you want to take them to task, but they could be nasty and restrict you to one 20 min. break.

The resource below is a very useful guide to the this area of law, showing holiday and working hours requirements as well.


lazybird2006
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not sure, but I would say you should at least have a respectable break in which to eat your lunch, this should be 30 mins minimum, my niece is a nurse and she does a 12 hour shift, she has a 30 min break, unpaid, all other breaks are paid, she has I believe two 15 mins breaks.

I think you are being short changed, so to speak, check with your local employment agency.


jattdatruck
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with a 12 hour working period you have to have one break of atleast 30 minutes.
paid,


Sky
It doesn't sound right at all. You should be getting an hour break and at least two 15 minute breaks.


aveskee
Depends on your work...... DOesn't sound fair though


Leanne196
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I don't believe that this is legal. The working time regulations state that you are entitled to an uninterrupted period of not less than 20 minutes in a 6 hour period - this has to be in one block where you are fee to move around and leave your desk or office.

You are only getting 15 minutes at a time and therefore they are not complying with the regulations. However, do you want to make a fuss for an extra 5 minutes - they will probably just give you 3x20 minute breaks instead of 4x15 minute ones.

There is also an exclusion for hospital workers - there breaks can be altered to fit in with other staff because of the need to give continued care. You don't specify what type of work within the care home you do - if it is medically related then you would be exempt under this


pickmefirstplz
in the U.S. breaks are paid lunches for the most part unpaid


L a l a N ii kk U
no it isnt :O


Natalia O
im pretty sure thet it is fair in scottland but in the us it wouldnt b fair


Medion
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Until lately I worked 12 hour shifts, this entailed 1 x 15 min break in the morning 1 hour for lunch and another 15 min break in the afternoon.

I suggest having a word with the CAB.


Name
12 hours a day work. what ever rocks your boat


OK!
If you don't clock out then you get paid! But this is my experience i live in CA. so maybe the laws are different??


oneandonlysmith
I worked 12 hour shifts and got an hour too. 1 half hour and 2 15 mins breaks so i think its right. Harsh i know lol


DJJD
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If you are aged 18 or over, and your working day is at least 6 hours, you have the right to an uninterrupted rest break of at least 20 minutes. Have a look at the PDF below.


Legend!
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illegal, the law states that for a 10 hours shift you need to have 1hr and 15mins. Each two hours equates to 15 mins. Inform your work of the law and you'll be fine :)

Enjoy you're work!


Maria-Anne
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me
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you scottish are known to be work-aholics...i bet you won't even take your breaks!


lori
EU working time directive allows for a minimum 20minute break for every 6 hours worked.Whether this is paid or not is up to the individual manger/organisation unfortunately.So in answer to your question .It is unfair but legal


Steven Robert Gill
Well, you should really be getting a 1.5 hour lunch break if your working over a 12 hour period, but what you .should. be getting and what you're actually entitled to under law are (annoyingly) two different things. As some have already said, it's a 20 mins rest break for every six hours worked, slightly higher if you under 18, 30 mins for every 4.5 hours worked. PS And before anyone says anything i know employers can and do go above and beyond that, and it is better than other countries who have less rights than us, but come on, that is still pretty poor in the 21st Century.





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