This topic includes information on the hours and rest break provisions of the Working Time Regulations 1998, including how the regulations apply to young workers and those working at night. The rights of shop and betting workers regarding Sunday working are also included.

The holiday provisions of the regulations are contained separately in the Absence, Leave and Holiday Entitlement topic.

Employers' Duties

Employers must:

  • ensure that the working hours of their workers do not exceed the limit of 48 hours per week on average, including overtime

  • enforce the maximum working hours for young workers (including overtime) of 40 hours per week, and a further limit of eight hours of work a day

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