natural break

natural break

A term defined in the context of the European Working Time Directive as a minimum period of 30 minutes of continuous rest. A single one-hour break can’t count as two natural breaks; two 15-minute breaks can’t count as one natural break. Being bleeped during a natural break is acceptable unless the doctor has to act on the call, or unless the bleeping is repeated and therefore disruptive to the break. For the purposes of hours calculation, natural breaks count as work, not rest.

To explain the “approximately every 4 hours“ clause, the New Deal Implementation Support Group give an overriding principle that a doctor should not work for more than 5 hours without a break—for a shift lasting 5 hours, zero breaks is acceptable; a shift from 5.01 to 9 hours must have at least one break; a shift from 9.01 to 13 hours must have two breaks; a shift from 13.01 to 14 hours must have three breaks; a shift over 14 hours is automatically non-compliant. Both the total number of breaks per shift and the “never more than 5 hours continuous without a break“ rule must be met. For monitoring purposes, the natural break rules must be met on 75% of duty periods for the rota to be compliant.
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Sipping tea throughout the day provides a natural break.
However, following complaints from motorists, changes were made to the traffic control lights to alleviate congestion but this removed the natural break in traffic flow needed to allow pedestrians to cross the carriageway.
While the rivers enjoy a natural break, the stillwaters can provide coarse angling sport, and one of the most attractive of these is the Northumbrian Water-owned Whittle Dene complex.
But the weekend was a natural break for them and now we have to focus and concentrate on 15 games and see how many we can win between now and the end of the season.
We've been watching Breaking Bad and we're up to season two episode 10 and its reached the point of a natural break.
Pernelle Hourcade, Head Therapist at LPG says, 'The process re-awakens cells, prompting the natural break down of fats.
It was the act just before intermission, so there was a natural break.
I think he has a great deal to offer on the coaching side but I think there is a natural break off where he needs to go have a period with his family and then he will renew his motivation.
Cyprus takes on the presidency of the European Union council this July and following that there will be presidential elections in February 13, making July a natural break in the Cyprus problem negotiations.
The unit will use new technology to harness the gases produced by the natural break down of organic materials such as garden waste and food.
It provides the reader with natural break points throughout the text, but it doesn't lead to a smooth flow of text.