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Anil is 19, he has been working since 8am and his shift is due to finish at 5pm. It's now nearly 4pm and his boss hasn't let him go to lunch because things have been so manic. Does he:

A. Put up with it on this occasion, most days he gets at least 10 minutes to scoff down a sandwich so it's not that bad.

B. Get his coat and spend an hour reading the paper in the sunshine - after all it's called a lunch-hour isn't it?

C. Speak to his boss and explain that he should be getting at least 20 minutes break per day.

You are entitled to breaks at work and there are laws to stop you being worked too hard. Find out what you are entitled to - and the answer to Anil's problem - in our low-down guides on working time:

Click here if you are Working Time - Over 18s.
Click here if you are Working Time - 16-18 year olds.

I am not getting the time off I am entitled to, what should I do?
See How to tackle problems at work.

If you have lost your job or are treated badly because your employer wanted you to skip breaks or work longer hours than you should, you may have a claim against your employer for unfair dismissal. Have a look at the information on Dismissal (in Ending a job), and Bullying in the menu on the right.

February 2009

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