Working Time Regulations

HR Direct

HR Direct

The aim of the Council is to comply with the basic provisions (ie without the use of flexibilities, modifications and exemptions) of the Working Time Regulations which have been drafted with a view to reducing the health and safety risks associated with excessive and ‘unnatural’ hours of work.

Key points

The Working Time Regulations give workers, with certain exceptions and modifications, the right to:

  • a maximum average of 48 hours per week, including overtime
  • a minimum daily rest period of 11 consecutive hours between each working day
  • uninterrupted rest period of 24 hours in each 7 day period, averaged over 14 days (ie 2 separate 24 hour breaks or 1 48 hour break)
  • a minimum 20 minute in-work rest break where the daily working time exceeds 6 hours
  • a maximum average of 8 ‘normal’ hours of night work per 24 hour period
  • a free health assessment before, and at regular intervals after, commencing night work
  • a right to transfer from night to day work, where possible, if health problems related to night work arise
  • a minimum 28 days paid leave per year including public holidays  

Some special provisions apply to adolescent workers - workers who are over the minimum school leaving age but under 18 years of age.



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