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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UK needs to rethink overtime, claims the Resolution Foundation

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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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As a result of the way in which the Easter bank holidays fall in 2018 and 2019, some employers will...

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Maintain employee wellbeing to reduce absence

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Ryanair and Monarch flight disruptions: five issues for employers

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Top 10 HR questions September 2017: Travel time and zero hours status

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Will Ryanair become a ‘Southern Rail in the sky’?

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Six important employment law cases in 2017

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The decision by the Supreme Court that the employment tribunal fees system is unlawful may be one of the most...

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Repeal Bill: No immediate change for workers’ rights

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