Working time and time off

In this section, you can find guidance on working time, including limits on the working week and entitlement to breaks and rest periods. You can also find guidance on holiday entitlement, including our current advice on calculating holiday pay.



  • Calculating working time

    We explain what is normally considered to be working time, and show you how to calculate average weekly working time for an employee.

  • Entitlement to breaks and rest periods

    We explain regulations on allowing breaks and rest periods for employees and how they can be modified by collective or workforce agreement.

  • Health and safety considerations for working hours

    We outline the health and safety issues you must consider in terms of employee working hours. This includes the specific rules for night workers.

  • Holidays

    We explain what the law says about leave and holiday entitlement, as well as looking at how holiday entitlement interacts with sick leave.

  • Statutory limits on the working week

    We explain the legal limits on the working week, including the limits for young people and night workers, and advise on record-keeping.

  • Types of leave and time off

    We outline types of leave and time off work employees can take, including holiday, leave, and circumstances where employees are entitled to time off work.

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