Background to the current policy on working time in the UK.
Guidance on the working time regulations can be found on www.gov.uk
Working time opt-out
Background and current policy on discussions about the opt-out of the Working Time Directive maximum 48-hour working week.
Working time case law and rulings
A summary of the important court decisions that have shaped working-time in the UK.
Enforcement of the working time regulations
Working Time Regulations enforcement is split between different authorities. The limits on working time and health assessments of night workers are enforced by the:
- Health and Safety Executive
- Local authority environmental health departments
- Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
- Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA)
- Office of Rail Regulation (ORR)
The entitlements to rest and leave are enforced through Employment Tribunals.
Long Hours Working Partnership Project
In 2004 a partnership project between the former DTI (now BIS), CBI and TUC was set up in order to identify practical ways of implementing change management programmes in the workplace and share this learning between businesses.
Business champions who have successfully implemented working time change management programmes shared their learning in master classes. These case studies were written up into a report.