When you have a busy workforce with multiple shifts, ensuring your employees take their regulated breaks can be a full-time task.
Not only do you need to ensure that the breaks are taken within the compliance hours for health and safety reasons, but track breaks to stop time theft.
For companies that could face hefty fines for non-compliance of break regulations (such as drivers and manufacturing), having a digital record of employee breaks is also worthwhile for future compliance audits.
What are the UK break regulations?
As of 2021, UK workers have the right to one uninterrupted 20-minute rest break if they work more than 6 hours a day.
Workers also have the right to 11 hours rest between working days and 24 uninterrupted hours without any work each week.
Depending on the job responsibilities, skill levels and contract of a worker, breaks can be paid or unpaid, this is in the hands of the employer.
How WFM can help ensure break rules
WFM by Chronologic has the functionality to make breaks as easy as possible for employers.
Our system will ask you to input your break rules for the types of rotas/shifts you have and then automatically apply them to the employee working the shift.
You can set several parameters for breaks, such as the time window they should be scheduled and whether the breaks are paid or unpaid.
For example, if you set up an 8-hour full-time shift, you can specify a 20- minute paid break in the shift as part of the shift’s configuration.
No more adding or removing time from employee’s payroll, no more paperwork to ensure break regulations are being met – WFM does it for you and includes the data in each employee’s timesheet or via reporting.
For more information on how WFM by Chronologic can help optimise your workforce, click here.