Working Time Regulations are overlooked by many small business owners but are an important part of legislation that should be observed by all employers. Here is a brief summary to help employers to strike the right balance between a healthy workforce, legal compliance and serving customers.
The Working Time Regulations were introduced to limit the amount of time an employer can require their employees to work by law. They apply equally to both full and part time workers, and in many cases agency workers and freelancers, although there are a number of exemptions. The regulations set limits for:
The Working Time Regulations give the employee the following rights:
Also a number of special regulations apply for young workers. ACAS provide a helpful and exhaustive 60-page information booklet detailing everything an employer needs to know about the Working Time Regulations. Click here to download a free copy.
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