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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Employees transferring to a new employer in a TUPE situation have the right to be consulted, but the rules on...

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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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One in 10 workers did paid overtime in the UK in the past year but only a fifth received “time...

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PROMOTED| Our work and personal lives are merging increasingly in the modern world. Working 9–5 has become 24/7.

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The cancellation of thousands of scheduled Ryanair flights and the collapse of airline Monarch will have an impact in the...

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An employment tribunal has held that ambulance workers’ compulsory overtime in respect of “shift overruns” should be included in the...

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Legal and practical tips for employers on homeworking

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