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How the Working Time Regulations Can Work for You

Web update picture - lunch breakIn an increasingly fast paced world in which KPIs and targets dominate, and technological advances can create a 24/7 365 days per year working culture it is maybe unsurprising that a BUPA study has shown that just 30% of workers take a lunch break and that 28% don’t stop for a break at any time during the day. Although it has been reported elsewhere that this results in an additional 19 working days per year which employers benefit from at a nil cost other studies have shown that the loss of the lunch break actually loses UK companies close to £50 million a day in lost productivity.

THE LAW:

With few exceptions all workers are entitled to a rest break of 20 minutes when a day’s working time is more than six hours – often contracts go beyond this minimum entitlement and specify a one hour lunch break.

THE IMPLICATIONS:

  1. Dip in productivity – reports have shown a dip of 40 minutes a day on average for those who skip lunch
  2. Increased number of sick leave days per year – it is reported that those remaining at their desk for prolonged periods are more likely to develop health problems ranging from back and neck pain to more serious illnesses such as cancer, heart disease
  3. Increase in mistakes
  4. A loss in creativity

WHAT CAN EMPLOYERS DO?

In short, employers should lead by example and encourage the taking of breaks. This can be achieved in a number of ways for example setting fixed time lunch breaks or implementing a system of flexible timed lunch breaks. Employers may also want to consider some innovative ways of introducing well-being initiatives during break times such as partnering with fitness trainers or health practitioners such as physiotherapists. These initiatives may also increase the take-up of lunch breaks by employees and ultimately achieve a significantly more productive and cost effective workforce.

Contact Details

For more details on the Working Time Regulations and how contracts can be drafted to maximise the benefits from the employer’s perspective please contact:

fgmedia@fgsolicitors.co.uk

+44 (0) 1604 871143

This update is for general guidance only and does not constitute definitive advice.

Updated: by FG Solicitors
Call us on:  0808 172 93 22

HOW THE WORKING TIME REGULATIONS CAN WORK FOR YOU

Web update picture - lunch breakIn an increasingly fast paced world in which KPIs and targets dominate, and technological advances can create a 24/7 365 days per year working culture it is maybe unsurprising that a BUPA study has shown that just 30% of workers take a lunch break and that 28% don’t stop for a break at any time during the day. Although it has been reported elsewhere that this results in an additional 19 working days per year which employers benefit from at a nil cost other studies have shown that the loss of the lunch break actually loses UK companies close to £50 million a day in lost productivity.

THE LAW:

With few exceptions all workers are entitled to a rest break of 20 minutes when a day’s working time is more than six hours – often contracts go beyond this minimum entitlement and specify a one hour lunch break.

THE IMPLICATIONS:

  1. Dip in productivity – reports have shown a dip of 40 minutes a day on average for those who skip lunch
  2. Increased number of sick leave days per year – it is reported that those remaining at their desk for prolonged periods are more likely to develop health problems ranging from back and neck pain to more serious illnesses such as cancer, heart disease
  3. Increase in mistakes
  4. A loss in creativity

WHAT CAN EMPLOYERS DO?

In short, employers should lead by example and encourage the taking of breaks. This can be achieved in a number of ways for example setting fixed time lunch breaks or implementing a system of flexible timed lunch breaks. Employers may also want to consider some innovative ways of introducing well-being initiatives during break times such as partnering with fitness trainers or health practitioners such as physiotherapists. These initiatives may also increase the take-up of lunch breaks by employees and ultimately achieve a significantly more productive and cost effective workforce.

Contact Details

For more details on the Working Time Regulations and how contracts can be drafted to maximise the benefits from the employer’s perspective please contact:

fgmedia@fgsolicitors.co.uk

+44 (0) 1604 871143

This update is for general guidance only and does not constitute definitive advice.