Overtime

Employers commonly ask employees to work overtime to carry out work outside normal hours, for example because of an increased volume of regular work, a temporary crisis in resourcing, or to cover for absences. One area of controversy is the treatment of overtime in holiday pay calculations (Lock v British Gas Trading Ltd).

Employees can be forced to work overtime, whether paid or unpaid, only if this is provided for in their contract of employment. However, it is common practice for employees to work unpaid overtime from time to time, to meet the reasonable requirements of the business.

Employers must bear in mind when asking employees to work overtime the maximum 48-hour working week under the Working Time Regulations 1998. An opt-out is available if the employee agrees.


Union alleges Yodel underpaid night shift workers

The GMB Union is taking Yodel to tribunal over claims hundreds of night workers were underpaid.

Staff put in seven unpaid hours a week during pandemic

26 Feb 2021

The average employee worked 7.7 hours of unpaid overtime each week in 2020 and lost out on £7,000 in wages.

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Brexit: Which EU employment rules could be up for review?

17 Feb 2021

Although the government's review of employment rights has been shelved, which laws could it seek to amend in theory?

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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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Brexit and UK employment law

20 Jan 2021

Now that the UK and the EU have agreed on the position of the UK post-Brexit, HR is left wondering...

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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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Centrica employees face revised contracts with no overtime

16 Jul 2020

GMB union enters talks with troubled utilities giant over new terms and conditions and modernisation.

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JCB cuts workers’ hours as coronavirus hits supply chain

14 Feb 2020

JCB is set to cut hours and production as the coronavirus outbreak affects component supply from China.

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Top 10 HR questions January 2020: Coronavirus and Brexit

7 Feb 2020

What steps should employers take to manage the coronavirus outbreak?
At the start of the new year, employers have been...

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One in three employees say their job is ‘low quality’

4 Feb 2020

Research published today shows that 36% of UK employees report having a “low-quality” job.
Analysis of the Household Longitudinal Study...

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Holiday pay: why are employers still getting it wrong?

3 Feb 2020

Many employers are still not getting their holiday pay calculations right, but are they to blame? Ashleigh Webber looks at...

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Three in five parents work unpaid overtime to cope with workload

13 Jan 2020

Flexible working is unable to deliver the work-life balance that parents need, according to a report that finds three in...

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NHS to cover doctors’ tax bills to avoid staffing crisis

19 Nov 2019

The NHS in England is to cover the additional tax bills encountered by doctors in an attempt to encourage them...

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Are employees working too many hours?

19 Nov 2019

The traditional 9am-5pm working day is quickly disappearing, but this is because many employees are regularly working beyond their contracted...

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Hospitals may seek to ward off winter crisis with cash offer to doctors

8 Nov 2019

To avoid a major winter crisis in the NHS in the coming months, hospitals in England have been urged to offer salary top-ups to senior doctors.

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