Spanish court rules on pay deductions for smoking breaks

A Spanish court has ruled that employers can deduct pay from people who take smoking breaks at work. Recent legislation intended to curb unpaid overtime required all employers in Spain to record when employees enter and leave their workplace; however, one company, Galp, used this information to deduct time spent smoking from employees’ working days. The court ruled that this was legal following a previous ruling stating that workers do not have a right to paid smoking, coffee or breakfast breaks.