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Annual leave increase and daily rest breaks from January 2022 for employees

Annual leave increase and daily rest breaks from January 2022 for employees

The States Assembly has approved legislation that would introduce a 20 minute daily rest break and three weeks of paid annual leave.

The changes will take effect from 1 January 2022 and will require employers to provide:

  • At least three weeks of paid annual leave in each leave year (an increase from the current two week statutory mininum)
  • A 20 minute rest break for employees who work for six or more hours each day.

A 15 minute break had originally been proposed, but a scrutiny panel successfully argued that employees should be entitled to a 20 minute break.

With less than two months’ notice of this law change, clients may wish to consider reviewing their employment contracts, policies and staff handbooks.

Below we answer some of the key questions about the forthcoming new rights:

Are part-time employees entitled to a 20 minute break?

Yes, but only if they work for six hours or more in a particular working day. For example, if they work for six hours each Monday and four hours each Tuesday and Wednesday, they are entitled to a 20 minute break only on the Monday.

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