Working Time Regulations

The Working Time Regulations 1998 impose limits on workers' hours of work. Workers cannot lawfully be required to work more than an average of 48 hours a week.

However, a worker may agree to opt out of this weekly working time limit and work more than an average of 48 hours a week as long as he or she does so voluntarily and in writing.

The Working Time Regulations 1998 also give workers the right to a minimum daily rest period between each working day or shift, and to a minimum weekly rest period.


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Holiday pay: ambulance workers win overtime claim

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Brexit bonfire of employment law unnecessary, say employers

4 May 2017

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Bank holidays: five things employers need to know

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Most of the the UK has eight permanent bank holidays per year: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May...

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Should every weekend be a long weekend?

12 Apr 2017

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ECJ considers holiday carry-over beyond sick leave

30 Mar 2017

A worker’s annual leave can be carried over into the following holiday year if sickness absence prevents holiday from being...

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Working when the clocks go forward: how should employers handle losing an hour?

24 Mar 2017

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British Gas refused right to appeal in Lock holiday pay commission case

28 Feb 2017

British Gas has been refused leave to appeal by the Supreme Court in the long-running case regarding the payment of...

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Could the UK follow the French and introduce a right to disconnect?

18 Jan 2017

French workers can now negotiate with their employer on limiting their access to emails and other work activity outside of...

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The 10 most important employment law cases in 2016

30 Nov 2016

What were the most significant employment case law decisions in 2016? Stephen Simpson counts down the 10 most important judgments...

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Working when the clocks go back: how should employers handle extra hour?

26 Oct 2016

The clocks go back an hour at 2am on Sunday 30 October 2016. But what does this mean for staff...

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Holiday pay commission ruling: Court of Appeal judgment in Lock v British Gas

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Holiday pay must include compensation for any results-based commission that...

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Sick leave: European court confirms holiday can be carried forward

13 Sep 2016

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) reiterated that if sickness prevents a worker from taking annual leave, his or her...

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