Breaks at work...

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  1. steph1505

    steph1505 Well-Known Member

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    Hey everyone...was wondering if anyone can shed some light on this for me...?

    I work as a checkout supervisor in Sainsburys and it was really busy today... I was doing a 7am til 4pm shift and only got a 15 minute break because it was so busy and we were quite short staffed! Even tho I wasnt feeling hungry, I still thought that I should get some food for the little one's sake!

    I was just wondering if anyone knows if my employer should be making sure that I take my breaks...I had heard someone say that apparently pregnant women are entitled to EXTRA breaks!!

    Any input u have would be really appreciated!!

    Thanks xxx
     
  2. firegal

    firegal Well-Known Member

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    I'm not sure on this one hun. I know that I have to fill in a risk assessment for my job (haven't done it yet but I've got the form) and one of the questions is am I able to take breaks. The fact that they've included a question on it suggests that they are obligated to let you. I think the key thing is that they can't put you at risk, and obviously over-tiring you is doing just that. I'm sure someone on here will be able to help you with more details x
     
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    firegal Well-Known Member

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    Oooh, just found this on a website https://www.worksafe.uk.com/Services/one2one.htm

    Am I entitled to more frequent rest breaks?

    Yes. You will need to agree timing and frequency of rest breaks with your employer as part of your specific risk.
     
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    firegal Well-Known Member

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    Me again! This also mentions the right to extra breaks and as it's from the Health & Safety Executive you could show it to your boss if you wanted, and they'd have to listen to you: https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg373.pdf
     
  5. steph1505

    steph1505 Well-Known Member

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    Thats really really helpful!! Thank u so much!!!

    I just wanted to know so that when I go in and moan...I know Im right!!

    For a 9 hour shift, we are meant to get a total of 1 hour and 30 mins worth of breaks...so to only get 15 mins is a tad on the rubbish side!!

    Thank u so much for the info :D

    xx
     
  6. firegal

    firegal Well-Known Member

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    No problem - hope you sort it out :)
     
  7. lisa_33

    lisa_33 Well-Known Member

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    hey, i work in cash office at sainsburys they done a risk assesment but didnt mention any extra breaks. u should speak to hr xx
     
  8. Pippin

    Pippin Sam and Adélie-Rose's Mum

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    I know we have to give at least half an hour to our staff and 1 20 mins break so 15 minutes is terrible and probably illegal. Good luck putting them in their place.
     

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