The Working Time Regulations states that an Employer must take all reasonable steps to ensure that an Employee’s working time (including overtime) does not exceed an average of 48 hours for each 7 days in any reference period averaged out over 17 weeks. This means that an employee can work more than 48 hours per week provided that on average over 17 weeks they do not work more than 48 hours per week.
If you are working in more than one job your Employers should enquire as to the hours that you are working. The rules that are used to calculate your ‘average’ week are complex and if you or your Employer have a query regarding your working hours we suggest that you contact us so that we can advise you on your particular circumstances and advise you as to your entitlement to time off, rest periods or your working pattern.
To arrange an appointment to discuss with our specialist lawyers please contact the Employment Department secretary Viki Summers.
Telephone: 01494 864650