Is there a limit to how much overtime an employee can do?
All working hours for employees in the UK, including overtime, are governed by the Working Time Regulations.
These state that your employees:
- must not work more than 48 hours per week on average
- must be allowed at one day off each week or two days off in a fortnight
- should have 11 hours uninterrupted rest in a 24 hour period
- is given at least a 20 minute break if their shift lasts more than six hours.
An employee may choose to opt out of these Working Time Regulations and any opt out should either form part of the Contract f Employment or be separately documented. An employees may also withdraw their consent to opt out at any time.
Different rules apply for 16 and 17 year old workers. They cannot work more than 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week. Young workers cannot sign an opt -out agreement and must have two days off per week.
If you have any questions or concerns relating to working hours or overtime then call one of our HR Experts on 0844 87972886
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