Are young workers entitled to more daily rest breaks than adult workers?

Yes. The rest breaks provided under the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR) for young workers aged 16 and 17 are more generous and more frequent than for adult workers.

The law provides for an uninterrupted break of at least 30 minutes for young workers who work for 4.5 hours or more.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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