Working Time Regulations - What the Law Says
The Working Time Regulations give rights to employees and place obligations on employers. The main requirements of the regulations relate to working time limits, including the maximum number of hours to be worked per week and the length of night work. For employees who are to work at night, employers are required to provide them with a free health assessment.
In addition, employees are entitled to minimum daily and weekly rest periods and a minimum period of paid leave per annum.
Employers are required to retain a record of their employee's hours and time of work and any health assessments to provide evidence that they are complying with the obligations under the Regulations.
Certain aspects of the regulations can be excluded or amended, in relation to certain groups of workers, for example, for objective or technical reasons or reasons concerning the organization of work and provided there is in place a collective agreement or a workforce agreement.