The EU Working Time Directive (93/104) of 1993 required all member states to limit the working week of employees to 48 hours (except when employees have agreed otherwise). The provisions of this Directive were enacted by the British government in the Working Time Regulations 1998. Key elements of the Regulations require a maximum working week of 48 hours, daily rest breaks, weekly rest periods, and annual paid leave (see holiday pay). The Regulations also contain protections with respect to night working. They are enforced by the Health and Safety Executive. The Regulations extend to workers who are not employees.
Subjects: Business and Management — Law.