There are strict rules in place in regards to the number of hours that members of staff can work. Employers need to monitor this and ensure all working hours are within the law.
The law stipulates that you should not work more than a 48 hour week on average. This average is usually calculated over a 17 week period.
However, employees can choose to opt out of the 48-hour week. This must be voluntary, in writing and only by those aged 18 or over.
There are also exceptions such as if you work in a job:
- Where 24 hour staffing is required
- In the armed forces, emergency services or police
- In security and surveillance
- As a domestic servant in a private household
- As a seafarer, sea fisherman or worker on vessels on inland waterways
- Where working time is not measured and you are in control e.g. you are a managing executive with control over your decisions
For more information on calculating your working hours and any exceptions, see the government website.
To discuss working hours in more detail, particularly in regards to your business and how to structure employment contracts accordingly, please speak to our employment team by calling 01752 203500 or emailing enquiries@GAsolicitors.com.