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I was made redundant, and was fortunate enough to get another job straight away with an engineering firm. My only complaint is that they’re still working a 45-hour basic week, from 7.30 in the morning until 5pm with just a half-hour lunch break. Is that legal?

Yes. Under the Working Time Regulations employers should ensure that workers do not work more than an average of 48 hours a week over a 17-week period. Currently individual workers may choose to agree to work more than the 48-hour average weekly limit, but lunch breaks spent at leisure are not considered to be working time.

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