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2 Employment - updated version available December '16
5. How many hours can my employer make me work?
Your employment contract or written statement of terms should tell you your normal working hours. However, as well as providing for annual holidays, the Working Time Regulations say that you should not work more than 48 hours a week on average, unless you have agreed in writing to work more. If you have signed a form saying you will work more than 48 hours a week, you can change your mind and say you no longer want to do this. You may have to give your employer notice of this, but they cannot insist on any more than three months' notice.
The regulation also set out:
You can complain to an employment tribunal if your rights under the regulation are broken. You are also protected from being dismissed or treated less favourably for complaining that your rights have been broken.
This leaflet is published by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). It was written in association with Ian Hunter, Head of the Employment Department, Bird & Bird, Solicitors.
The leaflets are regularly updated but the law may have changed since they were printed so the information in them may be incorrect or out of date.
Leaflet Version: January 2019
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