LRD Booklets December 2000

The Working Time Regulations - a practical guide for union negotiators

Introduction (568 words)

Since the Working Time Regulations 1998 took effect on 1 October 1998, most workers have been legally entitled to a maximum working week, paid ...

1: The Working Time Regulations (2550 words)

The Working Time Regulations 1998 introduced limits on working time in a number of key areas. Their provisions include: ...

2: The working week (2809 words)

A 48-hour ceiling on the average working week is a key part of the regulations. Together with daily and weekly rest periods it provides ...

3: Night and shift work (1416 words)

The European Directive on which the Working Time Regulations are based was justified on health and safety grounds. Studies of shift workers have highlighted ...

4: Rest periods and breaks (1538 words)

The provisions covering rest periods and breaks form some of the most complicated parts of the regulations. A "rest period" is defined under regulation ...

5: Holidays (1474 words)

Regulation 13 of the Working Time Regulations provides for a minimum of four weeks' paid leave per year for full-time and part-time workers alike. ...

6: The regulations in practice (1624 words)

According to the TUC, the Working Time Regulations are "complex and bureaucratic" because: ...

Further information (119 words)

* The Department for Trade and Industry (DTI) has two guides: Your guide to the working time regulations (last revised 31 March 2000) and ...