Working Time Regulation


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Working Time Regulation

a directive issued by the EUROPEAN UNION (EU) in 1998, recommending that employees should work no more than a maximum of 48 hours in any one week. The directive is part of the EU's SOCIAL CHAPTER programme aimed at protecting employees’ rights and improving the quality of working conditions.
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Dr Thornley said: "We are not reassured by government reports that the NHS is 97% compliant with the new working time regulation as we fear many junior doctors are being pressured to lie about hours.
Contract notice: Evaluation of offshore working time regulation.
Under the Working Time Regulation Act 1998, all employees who work at least three hours at night should be assessed for their suitability to work at these times.
Unfortunately, if you are entitled to spend the time on-call at home, this will not count as working time for the purpose of calculating your hours under the Working Time Regulation or in terms of the national minimum wage.
The Working Time Regulation stipulates a worker must have at least a 20 minute break away from work in a six-hour period.
The UK's rules on working time, rest breaks, rest periods and holidays are found in the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR) which implement the Working Time Directive (WTD) that operates at a European level.
Lawyers for the officers insist they are entitled to payments from 1998, when the Working Time Regulations were introduced in the UK.
Under the Working Time Regulations 1998, most workers have a statutory right to paid holidays.
The Social Democratic Party (SP) demands that the government withdraw the new working time regulations adopted before the summer.
"Employers are not required to give 'smoking breaks' on top of the usual breaks required under the Working Time Regulations 1998," explains Michael Hibbs at law firm Shakespeare Martineau.
Michael Hibbs, chairman of the employment law committee at Birmingham Law Society said: "Employers are not required to give 'smoking breaks' on top of the usual breaks required under the Working Time Regulations 1998.