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.
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.
- 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.