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The Working Time Directive

The Working Time Regulations ("the Regulations") implement the EC Directive on the organisation of working time (The Working Time Directive) and provisions concerning working time in the Directive on the protection of young people at work (The Young Workers Directive). The Regulations came into force on 1st October 1998. Amendments to the record keeping requirements and the definition of "unmeasured working time"were made in December 1999.

The main provisions of the Regulations are:
* a limit on average weekly working time to 48 hours (though individuals can choose to work longer)
* a limit on night workers' average normal daily working time to 8 hours
* a requirement to offer health assessments to night workers
* minimum daily and weekly rest periods
* rest breaks at work
* paid annual leave


» BBPA Guidance - Working Time Directive