Under the Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998 (as amended) a worker has the right to a break of 20 minutes if required to work continuously for more than six-hours. The break should be taken during the six-hour period and not at the beginning or the end of it. Young workers are entitled to a 30-minute break for each 4.5 hours worked. The breaks do not have to be paid unless the employment contract provides for this.
In addition a worker is entitled to an uninterrupted rest period of 11 hours between each working day and one uninterrupted weekly rest period of not less than 24 hours in each 7-day period. The weekly rest period can be taken as either 2 periods of at least 24 hours in each 14-day period or 1 uninterrupted period of no less than 48 hours in each 14-day period. Young workers are entitled to 12 hours rest between each working day.