The UK's working time regulations set out the minimum conditions relating to weekly working time, rest entitlements and annual leave in the UK. UK employees can opt-out of the provisions relating to the minimum 48-hour working week.

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Working hours and time off work
Understand the basics of the Working Time Regulations in the UK, working hours trends, holidays and special leave.

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Employment law
Working time: UK employment law
CIPD guidance on the legality of working hours in the UK. Workable hours and breaks are directed by the UK's Working Time Regulations, formally part of the EU Working Time Directive. Here we explore key legislation and how the courts see claims against employers.
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Sabbaticals: Guide for people professionals
This guide provides advice for employers on offering a period of sabbatical leave

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Thought leadership
Coming soon eventually: Labour’s 32-hour week
At the Labour Party conference, John McDonnell grabbed headlines by announcing his commitment to reduce the working week to 32 hours – without a loss of pay. Mark Beatson takes us through the proposal and what the policy would mean in practice


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