Do my daily breaks count as paid time?

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ShoppingNot unless your contract says so.

The general rule on breaks is that you are entitled to a break of 15 minutes after a 4 ½ hour work period.

If you work more than 6 hours you are entitled to a break of 30 minutes, which can include the first 15-minute break. The length of the break depends on its purpose, for example, a break for food.

There is no entitlement to be paid during these breaks and they are not considered part of working time.

Danish working hours

In general, a working week in Denmark is 37 hours divided between 5 days. Employees in Denmark are usually expected to complete the necessary amount of working hours from Monday to Friday between 06:00 and 18:00.

Working time doesn’t include:

  • breaks
  • travelling to work if you have a set workplace
  • day-release training at a college
  • time taken to travel to an occasional meeting away from your normal workplace.
  • ‘On call’ at home and not working doesn’t usually count as working time. But time ‘on call’ when you have to be on work premises does count.


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