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.



  • Entitlement to breaks and rest periods

    We explain regulations on allowing breaks and rest periods for employees.

  • Holidays

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

  • Statutory limits on working time

    We look at the legal limits on working time, including the weekly limit of 48 hours that applies to most workers. We explain what is normally considered to be working time and how to calculate average weekly working time. We also consider the stricter limits that apply for young people and night workers.

  • Types of leave and time off

    We outline types of leave and time off work employees can take, including time off for service on public bodies, jury service, time off for study and training, etc.

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