The Working Time Directive came in to force in 1998, and prevents employers from making their employees work more than 48 hours in an average week.
Research has demonstrated that establishing a work life balance is important for mental wellbeing. Before the Working Time Directive came in to law in the United Kingdom, there was on average 3,992,000 employees working in excess of the recommended limit of 48 hours per week. In 2015, a reduction of around half a million people working over the specified amount was found. Furthermore, considering the growth of the UK’s workforce since 1998, the reduction is effectively in the region of just over a million people.
Of course, there are several exclusions that apply to the 48-hour limit, and both employers and employees should ensure they keep up to date with legislations in this area. It should be noted that hours are calculated as an average over a period which is normally 17 weeks. Consequently, 48 hour weeks may be worked so long as the average does not exceed this. On the other hand, staff members that are under 18 cannot work in excess of 40 hours in any week, as these hours will not be averaged out.
Employers need to ensure they supply their staff members with the correct benefits and pay for any work carried out. Secure Facilities payroll services will be able to create and process all necessary P45 and P60 forms that are required. We provide each of our clients with a dedicated payroll manager, and as we are linked to the HMRC, we can provide you with compliant solutions that ensure your payroll systems run smoothly.