Hours and Holidays

Thanks to the European Working Time Directive, most people at work have a basic set of working time rights that cover how long they can work each week, how often they should get breaks and how much holiday they should get each year.

There’s also special protection for night workers, and enhanced protection for young workers.

You can also take time off for various family reasons such as adoption, maternity, paternity and (unpaid) parental leave. In addition, since 2014, the right to request flexible working has been extended to all UK employees once they have 26 weeks' service.

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