What are the Working Time Regulations?

There are many policies and legislation that help to ensure that workers in the UK are treated fairly and those that aren’t can look to file a Constructive Dismissal Claim through a company such as www.employmentlawfriend.co.uk/constructive-dismissal.One such legislation is the Working Time Regulation.

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The Regulation came into force in 1998 and it set out the maximum amount of hours that a worker can work in a regular week. It set out a number of other conditions and provisions that include:

  • Working no more than 48 hours in a week unless they opt-out of the provision or in certain professions. For those aged 16/18, they must work no more than 40 hours on a regular basis and no more than 8 hours in any one day.

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  • Should have at least a 20-minute break if they work over 6 consecutive hours a day.
  • Should be given a minimum of one day a week off work.
  • Entitled to 5.6 week’s paid time off per year – this includes the bank holiday entitlements.

These conditions apply to employed members of staff and not sub-contractors or freelance workers that complete work for you. Although you may want to consider monitoring the number of hours that freelancers do for you as a duty of care and also ensure the quality of the work that they produce for you.


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