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The Employer's Handbook 2014-15, 10th Edition by Barry Cushway

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Working Hours and Holidays

Working Time Regulations 1998

Working time limits

The Working Time Regulations 1998 limit a worker’s average working week, including overtime, to a maximum of 48 hours over seven days. The average figure for working hours is calculated over a reference period of 17 weeks.

In calculating the reference period certain days are ‘excluded’. These include days when the worker was on sick leave or maternity leave or any periods for which the worker agreed to work more than 48 hours per week. However, where such excluded days arise, the reference period must be extended by a number of days equal to the number of excluded days to get the total of 17 weeks. These additional days must be from the period immediately following ...

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