Working Time Regulations 1998

  • Working Time Regulations 1998
  • Puts a maximum to the number of hours that can be worked in a week
      • 48 per week for an adult (aged 18+), averaged out over a 17 week period
      • 40 for someone aged between 16-17
  • A daily break of 20 minutes if 6 hours or more are worked
  • A daily rest of 11 hours in a 24 hour period
  • A weekly rest of 24 hours in a 7 day period
    • These two may vary depending on whether employee is working a shift pattern
  • Gives a statutory minimum of paid annual leave (4 weeks out of 52)

 

  • National Minimum Wage Act 1998

 

  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Article 6-‘a fair and public hearing within a reasonable time by a independent and impartial tribunal established by law

 

  • Article 8-a right to respect for private and family life and correspondence
  • NB 8(2) permits ‘interference’ by a public authority which is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of;
      • National security
      • Public safety
      • Economic well-being of the country
      • For the prevention of disorder or crime
      • For the protection of health or morals
      • For the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.
  • The article may be used to challenge over-intrusive policies of employers, such as;
      • Opening of private or confidential mail
      • Monitoring employee’s emails

BUT is a qualified right and has to be balanced against the needs of the employer.

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1998/1833/contents/made