Hours, rest breaks and the working week


Almost all workers are protected by law from working excessively long hours. Most workers' hours are governed by the Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016.

This guide will help you understand the maximum hours your employees can work and what rest breaks and rest periods you must offer them.

It explains the special rules that apply to young workers, when your workers can agree to waive or vary the rules, and the sectors that are exempt.