European Working Time Directive

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European Working Time Directive

A European Union mandate introduced in 1998 which is designed to protect the health and safety of workers by restricting the number of hours an individual can work and imposing minimum rest periods. In brief, the EWTD limits the average weekly working time to 48 hours; limits night workers’ average daily working time to 8 hours; requires that employers offer health assessments to night workers; and imposes minimum daily and weekly rest periods and rest breaks at work.

European Working Time Directive, specifics
• ≤ 48 hours work/week (averaged over reference period of 26 weeks).
• Maximum of 13 hours continuous duty on a full-shift rota.
• 11 hours continuous rest in 24 hours.
• 24 hours continuous rest in 7 days.
• Never more than 12 consecutive days on duty (followed by a minimum of 48 hours off duty).
• Minimum of 4 weeks paid annual leave.
• 20-minute break in work periods of over 6 hours.
• For night workers, an average of ≤ 8 hours work in 24 over the reference period.
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Scrapping the Working Time Directive protections would be detrimental for workers, especially those who already experience precarious working conditions.
The Working Time Directive and Working Time Regulations (WTR) essentially deals with rest breaks, associated recording keeping and health assessments.
The working time directive was well intentioned but the way it was implemented had caused problems across the NHS, he warned.
Junior doctors are also deeply concerned that patient services could be affected in trusts that have not properly prepared for the working time directive.
The European Working Time Directive (EWTD) will cut junior doctors' working weeks from 56 to 48 hours.
But the trusts have stressed that they are just enforcing a minimum stand as required by the European Working Time Directive and are not introducing a new break system or limiting people to two breaks.
The work plan will be introduced in August next year as part of the European Working Time Directive.
THE EUROPEAN Union's (EU) fiercely contested revisions to its working time directive started their final journey to the statute book this month (April).
From March 2005 transport managers will be faced with the challenge of planning Working Time Directive (WTD) compliant transport schedules, at the same time minimising the associated extra costs that have been widely predicted for the transport industry.
And one nurse worked 42 hours when she was supposed to be on annual leave, according to claims by Unison, who say many NHS boards are breaching the Working Time Directive, stating there must be an 11-hour rest period between shifts.
But in August, Executive figures showed 650 junior docs in 11 of Scotland's 15 health boards were working more than the European Working Time Directive limit of 58 hours a week.