Weekly dilemma: Hours of work and rest periods


I'm starting a new business, which may require staff to work at night and around the clock. How do I ensure that I'm complying with the law on rest breaks and periods?

You will have to comply with the Working Time Regulations 1998, which impose a number of obligations on employers in relation to working time and rest breaks, as well as restrictions on night-time working. The Regulations apply to most workers, with a few exceptions for those who are self-employed, mobile workers, surveillance or security staff, the armed forces and the police.

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