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.


Brexit: Which EU employment rules could be up for review?

Although the government's review of employment rights has been shelved, which laws could it seek to amend in theory?

Kwasi Kwarteng: workers’ rights review will not go ahead

28 Jan 2021

Business secretary says review of workers' rights has been scrapped; Matthew Taylor sounds alarm about future of labour market enforcement role.

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One in 10 threatened to be ‘fired and rehired’

25 Jan 2021

A tenth of workers have been told to re-apply for their jobs on worse terms and conditions, according to a...

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Opinion: ‘Be wary of hysteria over workers’ rights claims’

21 Jan 2021

There should be no cause for alarm as the government looks at workers' rights – the working time directive is neither here nor there

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Brexit and UK employment law

20 Jan 2021

Now that the UK and the EU have agreed on the position of the UK post-Brexit, HR is left wondering...

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Bank holidays: six things employers need to know

20 Jan 2021

Updated guidance in light of how employers should handle bank holidays for furloughed staff, and an additional public holiday in 2022 for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

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Workers’ rights may be looked at, business secretary confirms

19 Jan 2021

Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has confirmed that the government is looking at workers’ rights now that the UK does not...

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‘Maintain workers’ rights to retain the best talent’

18 Jan 2021

Although ministers have denied there are plans to cut EU workers' rights, companies need to consider how they might be affected if the working hours directive were to be diluted.

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Business secretary denies plans to rip-up workers’ rights

15 Jan 2021

Kwasi Kwarteng has denied reports that government wants to scrap the 48-hour limit, regulations on rest periods and other elements of the EU Working Time Directive

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Researcher who raised driving time safety concern unfairly dismissed

9 Dec 2020

A senior employee at a Christian charity was unfairly dismissed after he raised health and safety concerns about the time...

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Most firms support tighter employment laws, poll finds

27 Oct 2020

Almost two-thirds (64%) of businesses would support tightening employment laws to prevent worker exploitation.
This is according to a poll...

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Facing an annual leave backlog? Employers’ questions answered

24 Sep 2020

After the government’s announcement this week that stricter coronavirus restrictions could be in place for a further six months –...

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How to handle annual leave during lockdown

1 May 2020

With no real clarity as to when businesses can fully open again or how long lockdown measures will last, it...

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Law Commission aims to extend time limits for employment tribunal cases

30 Apr 2020

Proposals could enable more cases to be settled before proceedings are brought.

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Workers will be able to carry over annual leave for two years

27 Mar 2020

Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement this year due to the coronavirus will be...

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