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The Working Time Regulations

The Working Time Regulations (1998) implement the European Working Time Directive into GB law.

The Regulations were amended, with effect from 1 August 2003, to extend working time measures in full to all non-mobile workers in road, sea, inland waterways and lake transport, to all workers in the railway and offshore sectors, and to all workers in aviation who are not covered by the Civil Aviation (Working Time) Regulations 2004. The Regulations will apply to junior doctors from 1 August 2004.

Useful Documents

HSE is responsible for the enforcement of:

HSE does not however, enforce:

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All initial enquiries should be dealt with by ACAS, (the Arbitration, Conciliation and Advisory Service). ACAS will be able to help with matters concerned with time off, rest breaks, paid annual leave and other general employment information. You can contact the ACAS National Helpline on: Tel: 08457 474747

More formal enforcement responsibilities are split between HSE, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Contact details for these organisations can be found by clicking on the links below.

Useful Links

Updated 2013-11-13