Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@. Skimlinks & other affiliated links are turned on

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • chokolat2
    • By chokolat2 21st Jul 09, 10:02 PM
    • 391Posts
    • 46Thanks
    chokolat2
    How many hours break between shifts?
    • #1
    • 21st Jul 09, 10:02 PM
    How many hours break between shifts? 21st Jul 09 at 10:02 PM
    Hi everyone.
    Just a quick question: when a shift finishes (for example an 8 hour shift), what is the legal number of hours rest that an employee is entitled to before their next 8 hours shift begins?

    Many thanks.
Page 1
    • hayley11
    • By hayley11 21st Jul 09, 10:18 PM
    • 7,363 Posts
    • 14,860 Thanks
    hayley11
    • #2
    • 21st Jul 09, 10:18 PM
    • #2
    • 21st Jul 09, 10:18 PM
    I had a look on the directgov website and it states...

    Daily rest - a break between working days

    If you are an adult worker you have the right to a break of at least 11 hours between working days. This means as an adult worker, if you finish work at 8.00 pm on Monday you should not start work until 7.00 am on Tuesday.


    I got this info from here.
    Think happy & you'll be happy
    I my doggies
    • chokolat2
    • By chokolat2 21st Jul 09, 10:47 PM
    • 391 Posts
    • 46 Thanks
    chokolat2
    • #3
    • 21st Jul 09, 10:47 PM
    • #3
    • 21st Jul 09, 10:47 PM
    I had a look on the directgov website and it states...

    Daily rest - a break between working days

    If you are an adult worker you have the right to a break of at least 11 hours between working days. This means as an adult worker, if you finish work at 8.00 pm on Monday you should not start work until 7.00 am on Tuesday.


    I got this info from here.
    Originally posted by hayley11
    Thank You for your answer and link.

    So as far as I understand it is by law 11 hours of rest between shifts?
  • Snakeeyes21
    • #4
    • 21st Jul 09, 11:02 PM
    • #4
    • 21st Jul 09, 11:02 PM
    Depends what industry you work in.
    whats legal and whats acceptable are two different things.
    i know as a chef i used to finish at 11.30pm and start again at 6am.
    • hayley11
    • By hayley11 21st Jul 09, 11:11 PM
    • 7,363 Posts
    • 14,860 Thanks
    hayley11
    • #5
    • 21st Jul 09, 11:11 PM
    • #5
    • 21st Jul 09, 11:11 PM
    From what it said on that link, if there is nothing in your contract stating how long is between shifts, then it should be at least 11 hours. But if you're unsure or having problems, give ACAS a quick ring and check with them
    Think happy & you'll be happy
    I my doggies
    • liney
    • By liney 22nd Jul 09, 7:33 AM
    • 4,878 Posts
    • 8,232 Thanks
    liney
    • #6
    • 22nd Jul 09, 7:33 AM
    • #6
    • 22nd Jul 09, 7:33 AM
    Google Working Time Regulations and your questions will be answered. The standard is 11 rest break, but there are acceptions in certain industries such as hospitality.
    "On behalf of teachers, I'd like to dedicate this award to Michael Gove and I mean dedicate in the Anglo Saxon sense which means insert roughly into the anus of." My hero, Mr Steer.
    • LeeSouthEast
    • By LeeSouthEast 22nd Jul 09, 7:34 AM
    • 3,769 Posts
    • 2,948 Thanks
    LeeSouthEast
    • #7
    • 22nd Jul 09, 7:34 AM
    • #7
    • 22nd Jul 09, 7:34 AM
    and emergency services.
    Starting Debt: ~£20,000 01/01/2009. DFD: 20/11/2009
    Do something amazing. GIVE BLOOD.
    • chokolat2
    • By chokolat2 23rd Jul 09, 5:29 PM
    • 391 Posts
    • 46 Thanks
    chokolat2
    • #8
    • 23rd Jul 09, 5:29 PM
    • #8
    • 23rd Jul 09, 5:29 PM
    I had a look on the directgov website and it states...

    Daily rest - a break between working days

    If you are an adult worker you have the right to a break of at least 11 hours between working days. This means as an adult worker, if you finish work at 8.00 pm on Monday you should not start work until 7.00 am on Tuesday.


    I got this info from here.
    Originally posted by hayley11

    Sorry, but can someone actually tell me if this is a UK law or not ?
    Many thanks,
    • hayley11
    • By hayley11 23rd Jul 09, 5:34 PM
    • 7,363 Posts
    • 14,860 Thanks
    hayley11
    • #9
    • 23rd Jul 09, 5:34 PM
    • #9
    • 23rd Jul 09, 5:34 PM
    Sorry, but can someone actually tell me if this is a UK law or not ?
    Many thanks,
    Originally posted by chokolat2
    Yes it's UK law.
    Think happy & you'll be happy
    I my doggies
    • chokolat2
    • By chokolat2 23rd Jul 09, 6:02 PM
    • 391 Posts
    • 46 Thanks
    chokolat2
    Thank You hayley11, thats what i needed to know.

    I work in a hotel, but more and more often im being put on shifts ending at 2300 and next morning starting at 0700am, which i think is unfair treatment.

    Many thanks.
  • lesleyvhalifax
    i work in a supermarket and there is an agreement between them and the union that there is always 8hrs between shifts and it is part of the contract that we sign
    sealed pot challange 5 member 1478 £0/£200
    debt payments £0/£4505
    debt free date 01.03.2014
    weight loss 7lbs/126lbs
  • cheshirekitty
    When I did shifts in a NHS hospital, we finished our late shift at 21.45hrs and commenced our early shift at 07.00am, so only 9.15hrs between shifts.

    Did the NHS opt out?
  • Alex_of_Swansea
    The NHS are gradually changing shifts to keep this rule. We've changed ours to 7-15, 12-20 and 1945 - 0715.
    • teabelly
    • By teabelly 24th Jul 09, 10:30 AM
    • 1,208 Posts
    • 1,080 Thanks
    teabelly
    Does the rest period include travelling time? If you have say an hours commute to and from work then if you have the minimum 11 hours you only actually have 9 hours actual rest. Or is travelling time excluded so that you have to have 11 hours between the time you normally get home and the time you'd have to leave for the next shift? It's not very clear as it mentions later about having long travelling times but doesn't mention how long 'long' actually is!
  • spacemonkeypg
    I'm sorry to correct people on this but there is NO restriction in the rest period between shifts.

    Currently there are restrictions on younger workers and children.

    But along with the working time regulations as in the transport industry or "mobile workforce" they are limited to 11hrs rest reducable to 9 three times per week. However you can also add into this split shifts i.e. hotels.

    The working time regulations wass trying to be forced into the UK from Europe. Now it was implemented in the transport industry as of the need for vehicles to travel through various contries. Thus making it a standard European wide regulation.

    However the rest of the UK workforce was more or less untouched.
    Aiming for a debt free 30th birthday in August 2007!!

    Total debt between us £7917

    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 24th Jul 09, 9:46 PM
    • 36,791 Posts
    • 33,012 Thanks
    Savvy_Sue
    Does the rest period include travelling time? If you have say an hours commute to and from work then if you have the minimum 11 hours you only actually have 9 hours actual rest. Or is travelling time excluded so that you have to have 11 hours between the time you normally get home and the time you'd have to leave for the next shift? It's not very clear as it mentions later about having long travelling times but doesn't mention how long 'long' actually is!
    Originally posted by teabelly
    I can't see how a rest period could enforcibly exclude travelling time, IYSWIM. What if your journey usually takes half an hour, but on one particular night takes 2?

    By the same token, you could get people coming in late because they hadn't been able to get to sleep when they wanted to, so they didn't get their 'rest'. :confused:
    I'm a Board Guide on the Cutting Tax; Charities; Small Biz & Charity Organisers; and Silver Savers boards, which means I'm a volunteer to help the boards run smoothly, and I can move and merge threads there. However, do remember, Board Guides don't read every post. If you spot an inappropriate or illegal post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com. It is not part of my role to deal with reportable posts.

    Any views are mine and are not the official line of moneysavingexpert.com
    Still knitting! Current projects: 2 shawls, 2 pairs baby bootees,
    1 Wise Man Knitivity figure ...
  • nexuss
    You have a right to a 11 hour break but it is not a uk law so yet more false advice.
    • hayley11
    • By hayley11 25th Jul 09, 11:10 PM
    • 7,363 Posts
    • 14,860 Thanks
    hayley11
    You have a right to a 11 hour break but it is not a uk law so yet more false advice.
    Originally posted by nexuss
    Excuse me but that was from the directgov website, so you would expect the information on there to be fact. So it wasn't false at all. :rolleyes:
    Think happy & you'll be happy
    I my doggies
  • dobbie82
    Depends what industry you work in.
    whats legal and whats acceptable are two different things.
    i know as a chef i used to finish at 11.30pm and start again at 6am.
    Originally posted by Snakeeyes21
    I live with one, quite normal to do that unfortunately. Though its 6.30 today. As a bar maid I finished 2am sometimes and back in at 10am, luckily i no longer work in the industry
  • nexuss
    Excuse me but that was from the directgov website, so you would expect the information on there to be fact. So it wasn't false at all. :rolleyes:
    Originally posted by hayley11
    You are confusing UK law with the working time directives.The below is saying 'you have the right' but not that it is UK law.If the working time directives were made into UK law then this country would completely collapse and that is why no UK GOVT will ever make it into UK law.
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Daily rest - a break between working days


    If you are an adult worker you have the right to a break of at least 11 hours between working days. This means as an adult worker, if you finish work at 8.00 pm on Monday you should not start work until 7.00 am on Tuesday.

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

4,523Posts Today

3,965Users online

Martin's Twitter