The Court of Appeal has held that an interrupted rest break does not necessarily contravene the Working Time Regulations.

What does this mean?

As a general rule workers are entitled to an uninterrupted 20 minute rest break if their daily working time exceeds 6 hours. However, there is an exception to this general rule in the case of workers who are ‘engaged in security and surveillance activities requiring a permanent presence’.

What should employers do?

Where the exception applies, employers should nevertheless wherever possible allow their employees to take an equivalent period of compensatory rest.