Hours of work

  • The maximum working hours for most employees are set out in the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997.

  • Find out about what work breaks and rest periods you are entitled to by law.

  • Describes how the hours of work and the health and safety of night workers are regulated.

  • This page describes employers' legal duty to keep detailed records of employees' starting and finishing times, the number of hours worked by employees and any leave taken by employees.

  • Find out about your right to request flexible working and the guidance for employers and employees on how to make and handle requests.