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The Working Time Regulations 1998

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  1. Introductory Text


    1. 1. Citation, commencement and extent

    2. 2. Interpretation


    1. 3. General

    2. 4. Maximum weekly working time

    3. 5. Agreement to exclude the maximum

    4. 5A.Maximum working time for young workers

    5. 6. Length of night work

    6. 6A.Night work by young workers

    7. 7. Health assessment and transfer of night workers to day work

    8. 8. Pattern of work

    9. 9. Records

    10. 10. Daily rest

    11. 11. Weekly rest period

    12. 12. Rest breaks

    13. 13. Entitlement to annual leave

    14. 13A.Entitlement to additional annual leave

    15. 14. Compensation related to entitlement to leave

    16. 15. Dates on which leave is taken

    17. 15A.Leave during the first year of employment

    18. 16. Payment in respect of periods of leave

    19. 17. Entitlements under other provisions


    1. 18. Excluded sectors

    2. 19. Domestic service

    3. 20. Unmeasured working time

    4. 21. Other special cases

    5. 22. Shift workers

    6. 23. Collective and workforce agreements

    7. 24. Compensatory rest

    8. 24A.Mobile workers

    9. 25. Workers in the armed forces

    10. 25A.Doctors in training

    11. 25B.Workers employed in offshore work

    12. 26. Young workers employed on ships

    13. 26A.Entitlement to additional annual leave under a relevant agreement

    14. 27. Young workers:force majeure

    15. 27A.Other exceptions relating to young workers


    1. 28. Enforcement

    2. 29. Offences

    3. 29A.Offences due to fault of other person

    4. 29B.Offences by bodies corporate

    5. 29C.Restriction on institution of proceedings in England and Wales

    6. 29D.Prosecutions by inspectors

    7. 29E.Power of court to order cause of offence to be remedied

    8. 30. Remedies

    9. 30A.Extension of time limits because of mediation in certain cross-border disputes

    10. 30B.Extension of time limit to facilitate conciliation before institution of proceedings

    11. 31. Right not to suffer detriment

    12. 32. Unfair dismissal

    13. 33. Conciliation

    14. 34. Appeals

    15. 35. Restrictions on contracting out

    16. 35A.(1) The Secretary of State shall, after consulting persons appearing...


    1. 36. Agency workers not otherwise “workers"

    2. 37. Crown employment

    3. 38. Armed forces

    4. 39. House of Lords staff

    5. 40. House of Commons staff

    6. 41. Police service

    7. 42. Non-employed trainees

    8. 43.Workers employed in agriculture in Wales or Scotland

  7. Signature

    1. SCHEDULE 1


      1. 1.An agreement is a workforce agreement for the purposes of...

      2. 2.For the purposes of this Schedule— “a particular group" is...

      3. 3.The requirements concerning elections referred to in paragraph 2 are...

    2. SCHEDULE 2


      1. 1.Except where, in the case of a worker partly employed...

      2. 2.Where, in the case referred to in paragraph 1 above,...

      3. 3.In this Schedule, “an agricultural wages order" means an order...

    3. SCHEDULE 2A

      Doctors in training

    4. SCHEDULE 3


      1. 1.Appointment of inspectors

      2. 2.Powers of inspectors

      3. 3.Improvement notices

      4. 4.Prohibition notices

      5. 5.Provisions supplementary to paragraphs 3 and 4

      6. 6.Appeal against improvement or prohibition notice

      7. 7.Power of enforcement authority to indemnify inspectors

      8. 8.Restrictions on disclosure of information

  8. Explanatory Note

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