Managing working time

Working hours

  • Working time for adult staff is limited to 48 hours averaged over a reference period of 17 weeks. This period can be extended by agreement up to 52 weeks. Individuals can opt out of the regulations.
  • Young workers aged 15–17 years inclusive must not work more than 40 hours a week and eight hours a day.

Daily rest

  • Adult workers (aged 18 and above) are entitled to a rest period of not less than 11 consecutive hours in each period of 24 hours during which they work.
  • Workers under the age of 18 are entitled to a rest period of not less than 12 consecutive hours in each period of 24 hours during which they work.

Weekly rest

  • Adult workers are entitled to a rest period of not less than 24 hours in each seven day period or a rest period of not less than 48 hours in each 14 day period.
  • Workers under the age of 18 are entitled to a rest period of two days (ie each day starting at midnight) in each seven day period.

Daily breaks

  • Adult workers are entitled to a rest break where daily working time is more than six hours. The rest break must be an uninterrupted break of at least 20 minutes.
  • Workers under the age of 18 are entitled to a rest break of 30 minutes when daily working time is more than four and a half hours.

Short time working

  • Employers can only impose short time working where there is a contractual right to do so.
  • Otherwise the consent of employees must be obtained.
  • The employee can claim a guarantee payment from the employer. The maximum payment is £24.20 per day for 5 days in a 3-month period. Where actual daily pay is less than £24.20 the employee receives the actual.
  • If an employee receives less than half pay for 4 weeks in succession or for 6 weeks in a 13 week period the employee can claim statutory redundancy pay if they have aminimum of 2 years service.

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