(1.6) WORKING TIME DIRECTIVE
Smye-Rumsby Limited recognises the requirements of the EC Working Time Directive and will address the following guidelines:
Unless formal agreements have been made with its workforce, the maximum working week will be no more than 48 hours per 7-day period, averaged over a 17-week period. Night time working will be restricted to 8 hours in any 24-hour period, averaged over a 17-week period. Where night time working involves special hazards, the 17-week averaging period will not
apply. Furthermore, all night workers will be subject to a health assessment prior to starting night working and at regular intervals thereafter.
Rest periods of no less than 20 minutes will be provided for all adults working more than 6 hours per day and no less than 30 minutes for young person’s working 4.5 hours per day. Daily rest periods of 11 consecutive hours will be granted to adults in any 24-hour period or 12 hours for a young person.
A 24 hour uninterrupted rest period will be observed for adults within each 7-day period. Young persons will be allowed a 48-hour rest period for each 7-day period, reduced to a minimum of 36 hours in exceptional cases. After a qualifying period of thirteen weeks consecutive employment, four weeks paid leave per year will be granted to each employee
‘Night time working’, between the hours of 10.00pm and 05.00am, will be avoided where possible, with a ‘Night Worker’ being a person who works for at least three consecutive hours during the night time period. Night time working will be restricted to 8 hours in any 24 hour period, averaged over a 17 week period. Where such working involves special hazards, this 17 week averaging period will not apply. Furthermore, all night workers will be subject to a health assessment prior to starting night working and at regular intervals thereafter.
Where the fluctuations in the industry dictate, Smye-Rumsby will agree to extend the maximum working time for any 7-day period. This agreement will be recorded on an appropriate form and must be signed by all parties. At all times, Utility Support Services will recognise individuals’ rights to opt out of agreements extending their working times as laid down in this EC Working Time Directive.
Managing Director: Philip Smye-Rumsby
Date Reviewed: 06th May 2016
Next Review Date: 06th May 2017