There is a range of obligations relating to the hours of work of employees and the rest breaks between periods of working time. The main regulations were contained in the Working Time Regulations introduced in October 1998. There are provisions in the current legislation for the following areas:

The principal regulations are:

  • A limit on the maximum hours that can be worked (48) subject to an entitlement to opt out of this requirement
  • Limit on night working hours (eight)
  • The right for night workers to receive a health assessment
  • A right to 11 hours rest each day between periods of work
  • The right to one day off work in each week 
  • The right to an unpaid rest break where an adult worker works for more than six hours a day
  • The right to 5.6 week’s paid holiday each year

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