Category Archives: Working Time

Should an employer dictate what can and cannot be discussed at work?

Firms urged to crack down on office football chat The football season is well underway, and Liverpool appear to be on course for their first title in 30 years; while the Six Nations rugby series is due to start this weekend with England looking to bounce back after the disappointment of the World Cup final […]

With the clocks going back could it mean employees work an extra hour?

Working Time: What you need to know when the clocks change The clocks are due to go back an hour on Sunday October 27th, meaning an extra hour in bed for lots of us. But what does this mean for staff working a night shift? Could this mean an extra hour of work, sometimes without […]

Should You Let Employees Watch the Rugby World Cup?

As another major sporting event takes place, what are the things you should be considering as an employer? The men’s Rugby World Cup kicked off on the 20th September 2019 in Japan and marks the start of a mammoth competition where for once, the home nations are among the favourites. This is one of the […]

Does an employer have to keep a record of the hours that an employee works?

Working time

Working Time and Hours The answer is, yes, according to a case that went before the European Court of Justice.   Due to the direct effect of EU law, the ruling will have implications for UK employers and may require the amendment of the Working Time Regulations 1998, depending on how long we remain in the […]

Worker Status & the ‘Gig’ Economy: Addison Lee Drivers

This is another case in a long line of cases making their way through the Employment Tribunal system about the status of persons who are working in the ‘gig’ economy. This time it involves the drivers who work for Addison Lee. The Law There are currently three status that someone who works for you can […]

When does time spent on-call, but not working, constitute ‘working time’?

Employees on-call and working time There have been numerous cases in European and local courts about whether time spent on call or time when an employee must be available but not actually working falls into the definition of working time. In a recent case the European Court of Justice have considered whether time spent on […]

When does the weekly 24-hour rest period have to be given to workers?

Working Time: Rest Breaks In the case of Maio Marques da Rosa v Varzim Sol, the question of when a worker is entitled to take their weekly 24-hour rest break was considered. The Law Under the EC Working Time Directive (2003/88) (the WTD) a worker is entitled to a 24-hour uninterrupted rest period “per each […]

Employee Rest Breaks at Work

Do employees have the right to a rest break even if they don’t ask for one? In a recent case an employer’s failure to allow an employee rest breaks during the working day was considered by the Employment Appeal Tribunal. What is unusual about this case is that the employee had not actually requested to […]

What is ‘Working Time’?

Does ‘Working Time’ include time spent travelling to and from home?  In a recent case referred to the European Court of Justice this question has been considered, and whilst the Court’s decision has not yet been published the Advocate General has given his view on this matter. The Law Under European Law ‘Working Time’ is defined as […]

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