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Spain: coffee and cigarette breaks can be omitted from working time calculations
Planet Labor, 12 February 2020, n°11652 - www.planetlabor.com

Spain’s National High Court’s social chamber ruled that coffee, sandwich, and cigarette breaks can be omitted from working time calculations. The ruling came down in favor of the defendant Galp Ernergia España in a case brought by the CCOO trade union. The decision against CCOO’s claim dates back to December 2019 and was published on 11 February 2020. In it the court ruled that a company can, as part of implementing the new working time register, omit from effective working time calculations staff sandwich, coffee, and cigarette breaks.

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