I work with an NBFC and we've just recently received an IOM which dictates that we only have 15 mins for lunch. Our working hours are 9am-6pm (minimum, we often end up working more than that). I am aware that the Minimum Wage Act states that working hours should be 8/day (9 including breaks). Are there any legal provisions which will help us contest the new 15 minute lunch break?
Additionally, we have a biometric entry system. If you enter the office at 9:01 you lose half a day's pay (irrespective of what time you leave in the evening). This is not an exaggeration, it happens to several employees every month. You get three chances for 9:01 entries in a month, post which your salary gets cut. Are there any legal provisions which will help us contest this as well?

From Poland, Wroclaw
Dear WebOps,

There is ain't NO any legal obliagtions to the allotment of time for breaks. Lunch breaks can give employees, an opportunity to rest from the heavy work pressures giving them some necessary changes to work energetically with the next half of shift.

It's up to individual employers to discrete in the best interest of the business and its employees to provide lunch or rest of the breaks. Some take 30 mins to 60 minutes depending on the flexi hours.

Regarding the time office counting, it is not out of sight that many of the employers have been following this to sustain & continue policy of regular attendance. It's being followed in our company too. I agree with a point if you would have said employees travelling LONG DISTANCEs. They can speak to the HR and share their concern for steer clearing on any such defiance.

You may speakto your concerned depatment head or HR for the issue on Lunch break to be resolved, which can be harrowing people who widh to travel home for lunch (in any certain case).

From India, Visakhapatnam

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