Meal & coffee breaks

Meal breaks

The meal break during the daytime working period shall be ½ - 1 hour during the period 12:00-14:00 and shall not be counted as part of ordinary working time. The right to a lunch break shall be based on at least 5 hours’ work during the daytime working period. The time taken for lunch break is not paid.

Coffee breaks

The coffee breaks for shop workers shall be 35 minutes per day, based on full daytime work. For office workers, the coffee break shall be 15 minutes per day, based on full daytime work. Part-time workers shall receive proportional coffee breaks. Refreshment breaks may be omitted or shortened by agreement in the workplace, working hours being shortened accordingly. The coffee break is part of ordinary working time and is paid.

Meal and coffee breaks outside the daytime work period

A supper break shall be granted during the period 19:00 - 20:00, with pay at after-hours/overtime rates. If employees work during this period or part thereof, they shall receive pay for correspondingly longer overtime work.

Shop workers who turn up for work at 16:00 or later shall receive payment for 5 minutes for each hour they work (though for a minimum of 15 minutes) in respect of coffee breaks that are not utilised. Employees who work 4½ hours or longer, however, shall be entitled to a full 1-hour meal break.

Other meal and coffee breaks

When work is done outside the daytime working period, the meal break shall be from 03:00 to 04:00 and coffee breaks from 22:00 to 22:20 and from 06:15 to 06:30. On Þorláksmessa (23 December), however, a 20-minute coffee break may be granted during the period from 21:40 to 22:20. The meal and coffee breaks listed above shall be counted as working time, and if employees work during them, then they shall receive pay for correspondingly longer periods of overtime work.

Meal and coffee breaks on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays

Meal and coffee breaks on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays shall be subject to the same rules as those on ordinary working days.

Work during meal and coffee breaks

When work is done during meal and coffee breaks, or part thereof, during the daytime working period, it shall be paid for at after-hours/overtime rates, as appropriate.

Meal & coffee breaks in Icelandic