Going for a smoke? Don't forget to clock out

Workers at a district council in eastern England must now clock off and back on if they take a cigarette break.
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 12/07/2010

(Reuters) Staff at Breckland Council in the eastern English county of Norfolk will no longer be paid for time spent smoking.

Under the new policy, smokers will have to clock off when they go for a smoke break and then clock back on when they're done.

The policy formalized an agreement made in consultation with staff and is aimed at making the issue of smoke breaks fairer for individuals who don't smoke, said the council.