Rest periods

Under the Working Time Regulations 1998, workers are entitled to a minimum daily rest period and minimum uninterrupted weekly rest period.

There are a number of exclusions to the right to minimum weekly rest periods, for example in relation to shift workers when they change shift. These workers are entitled to an equivalent period of compensatory rest.

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Ryanair sacks stranded cabin crew for ‘breach of trust’

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As the Muslim holy month of Ramadan draws to a close this week, Ayesha Salahuddin from PWC looks at how...

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Work hard, rest harder: should employers monitor rest time quality?

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Public backs keeping workers’ rights from EU

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Top 10 HR questions January 2018: TUPE consultations

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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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Should every weekend be a long weekend?

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With spring’s four bank holidays fast approaching, it’s easy to get used to the concept of the long weekend. Roisin...

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Remote working: five legal issues you might have missed

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More and more employees now work outside the office, whether for better work-life balance or to match the demands of...

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Working time union meetings

Tribunal watch: Trade union meetings do not count as ‘working time’

10 Nov 2014

Is an employer breaking the law if a worker’s attendance at a trade union meeting means that the worker does...

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TUPE: Does the transferor have to hand over employee records to the transferee?

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6 Jun 2014

How much information about transferring employees must an employer give to the new employer in a TUPE transfer situation? Questions...

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Shift work and fatigue – and the possible consequences

3 Feb 2014

Fatigue can have far-reaching implications in the workplace. John Wilkinson, who was involved in the investigation that took place following...

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Legal Q&A: Agency worker rights after 12 weeks

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Agency workers who have been working for the same hirer since 1 October 2011 will soon be reaching the end...

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Legal Q&A: Rest periods and breaks

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Following the Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Hughes v Corps of Commissionaires Management Ltd regarding compensatory rest, Emilie Bennetts...

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