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A recent report on the impact of the Working Time Regulations on the UK labour market has revealed the following:

  • Male employees and employees with management positions and workers in certain sectors tend to work longer hours.
  • Retaining the opt-out of the limit on working time is important to UK employers and employees with roughly one third of work places having at least one employee who has opted out.  The majority of employees currently working over 48 hours per week are unwilling to reduce their hours if it means less pay.
  • The UK minimum annual leave entitlement of 5.6 weeks is more generous than that prescribed by European law and many UK employers offer greater annual leave entitlements than the statutory legal minimum.
  • The Working Time Regulations introduced entitlements to minimum daily and weekly rest breaks and additional entitlements for night workers.  However, these provisions have not affected patterns of working as anticipated.
  • The interpretation of the Regulations has recently led to the inclusion of commission and certain overtime payments being in the calculation of holiday pay.

Working Time Regulations Advice

For advice on Working Time Regulations, you can contact Bray & Bray. We have three main offices across Leicestershire so feel free to phone or pop in and talk to our employment law solicitors at your local office.