The Working Time Regulations which came into effect on 1 October 1998 (on 23 November 1998 in Northern Ireland) introduced a comprehensive scheme of limits on working time for all workers, whether or not they are referred to as “employees”. Even self-employed workers are covered if they undertake to perform work personally and the relationship is not genuinely one of a client or customer on the one part and a profession or business undertaking on the other.

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