Are there special working time arrangements for nightshift workers?

An employer should take all reasonable steps to ensure that the normal working hours of a nightworker do not exceed an average of eight hours in any 24-hour period. This is averaged over a 17-week reference period. A nightworker is a person who normally works at least three hours during night time (defined as between 11pm and 6am).

If the nightwork involves 'special hazards, or heavy physical or mental strain', a strict eight-hour time limit is imposed on working time in each 24-hour period and no averaging is allowed over a reference period.

Note that there are no 'opt-outs' on working time regulations for nightworkers.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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