Working Time Regulations

An explanation of the Working Time Regulations as they affect physiotherapists.

Includes: coverage & scope, “special case” exclusions, application in the NHS, definition, on-call and stand-by regulations, study leave, trade union activities, unmeasured working time, rest breaks (daily, weekly, compensatory), annual leave, maximum weekly working time, keping records, bank and agency workers, enforcement and remedies, negotiation on working time.

The Working Time Regulations came into force in Great Britain on 1 October 1998 and in Northern Ireland shortly thereafter. The Regulations were introduced in order to comply with the Government’s obligation to implement European Working Time Directive through domestic (UK) legislation. The Regulations were amended for the first time in 1999 and then again on an almost yearly basis until 2009. This information paper outlines the provisions as at March 2013. It includes relevant case law and physiotherapy case studies.