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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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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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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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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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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Coronavirus: Union warns against relaxing drivers’ hours rules

10 Mar 2020

Trade union Unite has warned against extending the amount of time drivers can operate their lorries, saying that while its...

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Pay can be deducted for smoking and coffee breaks, Spanish court rules

13 Feb 2020

Companies in Spain can make wage deductions for employees who take coffee or smoking breaks during working hours, the country’s...

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Whistleblowing nurse awarded £127,000 following dismissal

13 Dec 2019

A whistleblower who complained that staff at an NHS trust were being bullied and not given proper breaks has been...

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Court of Appeal: Junior doctor wins rest break test case

31 Jul 2019

The NHS faces a bill of millions of pounds after a junior doctor won a test case yesterday about the...

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When does keeping tabs on working time overstep the line?

2 Jul 2019

A recent ECJ case means employers will need to more closely track employee time at work. But when does concern over employees' wellbeing turn into spying on them?

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Top 10 HR questions June 2019: Ex-employee grievances

2 Jul 2019

Can an employer ignore a grievance if the employee no longer works for the organisation?
The most popular FAQ on...

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‘Overtime culture’ is causing employees to drive while tired, insurer claims

15 May 2019

Almost one in 10 staff who drive for work have fallen asleep or nearly fallen asleep at the wheel as...

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‘People wouldn’t admit they worked here’: Transforming Morecambe NHS trust

3 Apr 2019

Furness General Hospital hit the headlines in 2013 following a number of tragic baby deaths in its maternity unit. Ashleigh...

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Sleep problems

‘Work dramas’ deprive employees of sleep

10 Dec 2018

Work dramas and project deadlines are the two aspects of the daily grind most likely to keep employees up at...

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Ryanair sacks stranded cabin crew for ‘breach of trust’

7 Nov 2018

Six Ryanair cabin crew were dismissed by the airline this week for “breach of trust” after a photograph was circulated...

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