A recent case [Grange v Abellio London Ltd (Working Time Regulations) [2016] UKEAT 0130_16_1611 (16 November 2016) ] has highlighted that a common sense construction of Regulation 30(1), read together with Regulation 12(1) (right to an uninterrupted break) will enable employers to meet their obligation to provide lunch breaks (compliant with the purposes of the WTD) and the EAT’s Judgment in Truslove where :

That entitlement will be “refused” by the employer if it puts into place working arrangements that fail to allow the taking of 20 minute rest breaks (MacCartney). If, however, the employer has taken active steps to ensure working arrangements that enable the worker to take the requisite rest break, it will have met the obligation upon it: workers cannot be forced to take the rest breaks but they are to be positively enabled to do so.

 

Link to: Grange v Abellio London Ltd (Working Time Regulations) [2016] UKEAT 0130_16_1611 (16 November 2016)

 

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