Working Time Regulations

Working Time Regulations

The Working Time Regulations were implemented to protect the health and safety of employees, so are more than merely a collection of rules.

The Regulations provide employees with rights to paid annual leave and to rest breaks, amongst other things. The Regulations also state that a worker should not work for more than 48 hours per week. However, an employee can choose to opt out of the 48 hour working week and work longer hours.

Compliance with the Regulations is not always straightforward and issues often arise in respect of holiday pay, on-call time, travel time and section 21 defences (where certain requirements are dis-applied, on the basis that compensatory rest is provided at another time).

We Advise On:

  • employers’ duties
  • rest periods and breaks
  • calculating holiday pay
  • travel time
  • special cases where regulations are dis-applied
  • defending claims and strategy

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