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hours of work

Your employment contract should include details of your working hours and normal working times. The law also gives you certain rights relating to working hours and rest breaks.

  • Should my contract of employment specify my total hours of work?  more...
  • Should my contract of employment specify what hours I should work?  more...
  • Should my contract of employment stipulate what days I should work?  more...
  • My employer wants me to work extra hours in excess of those set out in my contract of employment. Do I have to work them?  more...
  • Can I expect to be paid extra for working overtime?  more...
  • Are there different rates of pay applicable for overtime worked on different days of the week?  more...
  • Am I entitled to a break when the working day is more than six hours?  more...
  • What is the definition of a rest break from work?  more...
  • What minimum rest period should there be between each working day?  more...
  • What are the minimum rest periods?  more...
  • What are the maximum hours I can be expected to work over an average working day?  more...
  • What are the maximum hours a night worker can be expected to work in every 24 hours?  more...
  • Are there any special health protections for me as a night worker?  more...
  • What should the free health assessment entitlement for night workers include?  more...
  • What are the restrictions on Sunday working?  more...
  • How does employment law distinguish between the employment of children and young persons?  more...
  • Are there any restrictions on hours of work for children?  more...
  • Are there any restrictions on hours of work for young workers?  more...
  • I've worked all weekend unpaid. Can I take a day off in return?  more...
  • I have been made redundant and I have built up lots of unused flexi-time. Am I entitled to be paid for it?   more...
  • I am an hourly paid careworker working in the community. Am I entitled to be paid for my time spent travelling between visits?  more...
  • I am an hourly paid worker looking after vulnerable adults. Am I entitled to be paid the National Minimum Wage for my overnight shifts at their home?  more...

further information

The TUC has more information on working time issues in the health and safety section of its main website.

Find out what you're giving your employer for free with our unpaid overtime calculator.