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News Bedell Cristin Coffee Break - Jersey's new statutory rest periods – Did you know?

From 1 January 2022, Jersey employers will be required to provide a minimum of 3 weeks paid annual leave and a 20 minute daily rest break for all their employees who work 6 hours or more in any one day.

Surprisingly, the additional week's paid annual leave has not been the main concern for employers as the overwhelming majority of Jersey employers already provide their employees with entitlements in excess of this. The more problematic entitlement has been the 20-minute rest break and more relevantly, the lack of clarity over what that entitlement actually means.  So we have broken the entitlement down.

Did you know?

All Jersey employees are entitled to a 20 minute rest break for each continuous 6 hour period they work

The 20 minute rest break must be continuous

The rest break can be taken at any point during the 6 hour 'working period'

An employee who works a 12 hour shift is entitled to a 40 minute rest break

The 20 minute rest break can be paid or unpaid

Any lunch break can be off-set to satisfy the statutory 20 minute rest break

What do employers need to do now?

Review your working practices, contracts, policies and procedures and identify those provisions that deal with annual leave, working hours and rest breaks. 

You may need to update handbooks, policies and procedures. If these documents are non-contractual, they can be updated and circulated to staff for their information.

You may need to change rostering arrangements or the way in which your staff are allocated breaks.

It may be necessary to amend contractual documentation. This can be done by way of letter to the affected employers seeking their consent to the changes necessary to accord with their improved statutory entitlements.

For further details, please get in touch with a member of the Bedell Cristin employment team.

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