Working times

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Working times

In general the Working Time Regulations 1998 provide rights to:

  • A limit of an average 48 hours a week on the hours a worker can be required to work, though individuals may choose to work longer by "opting out"
  • 5.6 weeks' paid leave a year
  • 11 consecutive hours' rest in any 24-hour period
  • A 20-minute rest break if the working day is longer than six hours
  • One day off each week
  • A limit on the normal working hours of night workers to an average eight hours in any 24-hour period, and an entitlement for night workers to receive regular health assessments.

There are special regulations for young workers, which restrict their working hours to eight hours per day and 40 hours per week. The rest break is 30 minutes if their work last more than four and a half hours. They are also entitled to two days off each week.

For more detailed information, please visit ACAS

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