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Old 21-07-2009, 10:02 PM
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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?

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Old 21-07-2009, 10:18 PM
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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.


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Old 21-07-2009, 10:47 PM
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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.
Thank You for your answer and link.

So as far as I understand it is by law 11 hours of rest between shifts?
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Old 21-07-2009, 11:02 PM
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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.
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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
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Old 22-07-2009, 7:33 AM
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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.
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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.

Sorry, but can someone actually tell me if this is a UK law or not ?
Many thanks,
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Sorry, but can someone actually tell me if this is a UK law or not ?
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Yes it's UK law.
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Old 23-07-2009, 6:02 PM
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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.

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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
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Old 23-07-2009, 8:18 PM
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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?
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Old 23-07-2009, 8:49 PM
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The NHS are gradually changing shifts to keep this rule. We've changed ours to 7-15, 12-20 and 1945 - 0715.
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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!
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Old 24-07-2009, 9:35 PM
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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.
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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!
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:
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You have a right to a 11 hour break but it is not a uk law so yet more false advice.
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You have a right to a 11 hour break but it is not a uk law so yet more false advice.
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:
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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.
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
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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:
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.
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