Working Time Regulations

The Working Time regulations provide rights to:

  • a limit of an average 48 hours a week on the hours a worker can be required to work, though individuals may choose to work longer
  • 5.6 weeks' paid leave a year  
  • 11 consecutive hours' rest in any 24-hour period (exceptions)
  • an in-work rest break if the working day is longer than six hours;
  • one day off each week  (exceptions)
  • a limit on the normal working hours of night workers to an average eight hours in any 24-hour period, and an entitlement for night workers to receive regular health assessments.

The Regulations apply to all workers, including the majority of agency workers and freelancers. There are additional rules for young workers.

Guidance on the Working Time Regulations can be found on NIDirect , nibusinessinfo.co.uk and Department for the Economy sites.

Telephone Enquiry Point

The Agency’s Enquiry Point is available to employers, employees, trade unions and others. Enquiry Point advisors provide information and advice on a wide range of employment matters. The Enquiry Point is also an important contact point for identifying circumstances, or clients, who would benefit from being referred to other Agency services.

The Enquiry Point provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace.

While the advisors cannot provide a legal opinion they can help callers gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities as well as identifying possible options to help resolve their issues.

028 9032 1442

Monday - Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Contact Us

Please note that we cannot deal with employment-related enquiries by e-mail. To receive information or advice about an employment-related issue, please telephone our Helpline on Belfast 90 321442 where an officer will speak with you directly about your query. Please note that the Agency can arrange the services of an interpreter if required.

If you have an employment relations issue in Great Britain please contact the ACAS Helpline on 0300 123 1100 .

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