Hello all. I have been employed by a company for a number of years as a cashier and a potential problem has been niggling me for most of that time. I have not challenged the problem because I had been unemployed for a while previous to the employment and have previously had no wish to get to that position again by making 'waves' within the business. So here is my problem. My employer is classing all our staff as lone workers and as such we are essential to keeping the business running, therefore have no rights to a break. We all work 8 hours per shift and I personally am working full time (8 hours/5 days a week). During the AM shift, 6am-2pm, there are a minimum of 3 staff members on site, the site supervisor/manager, a cashier and a forecourt attendant (I work in a petrol station). During the PM shift, 2pm-10pm, there is a minimum of 1 member of staff, the cashier plus a 2-4 hour overlap of a forecourt attendant. None of us have a break or are receiving any kind of compensation for this. Is this lawful? Are there exceptions to the law regarding breaks and lone workers? Does my situation apply to any of the exceptions, if any? If an exception is qualified for my situation would that also include the AM shift where there are other staff members on site? Thank you to anyone who takes the time to read and/or reply to this thread.