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.

Slavish desire to work on

13 Jul 2004

The workers' freedom to work is more than just an employers' con trick - it's about flexibility and the right to choose

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Pilots could boycott European rules on working hours

7 Jun 2004

airline pilots are planning to boycott new European rules on working hours,
which they claim could leave them too...

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Firefighters’ union accepts compromise deal over night work

27 May 2004

threat of strike action by firefighters receded today when union leaders
accepted a compromise deal over night duties.

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Pray for fairness

1 May 2004

The Church of England has proposed extending employment rights to the clergy for the first time which, if granted by...

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Agent work

1 Apr 2004

The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations 2003 have been some time in the making. But after a number of consultations, the update to the 1976 Regulations finally comes into force this month, with a three-month period for implementation.

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Flexibility will manage opt-out

20 Jan 2004

If the Working Time Directive was removed, HR will be forced to work harder to ensure flexibility in the workplace. HR will also have the opportunity to showcase how vital the function is

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Work, rest and learn

1 Nov 2003

Don’t let personal development get in the way of the children’s bath time,
says Professor David Towler
For most people,...

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Employment law clinic: Smoking breaks in the workplace

14 Oct 2003

By Katherine De Souza, partner and head of employment at Marriott Harrison

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Must employers pay for time spent on premises?

23 Sep 2003

An ECJ ruling that workers should be paid if employers require them to be on call is likely to have important implications under the Working Times Regulations

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Tribunal ruling permits breaks for security guards

24 Jun 2003

The security industry is not exempt from the Working Time Regulations, and
all security guards are entitled to rest breaks...

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Legal Q&A: Working Time Regulations

17 Jun 2003

By Mike Huss, senior employment law specialist, Peninsula

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Tribunal rules security industry is not exempt from WTR

9 Jun 2003

security guards are entitled to rest breaks and the security industry is not
exempt from Working Time Regulations.

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HSE called in over breach of work time law

30 Jan 2001

Heartlands and Solihull NHS Trust has been reported to the Health and Safety
Executive for failing to implement the...

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