TRADESPEOPLE employing extra staff are being offered advice to ensure they don’t fall foul of workplace rules and regulations.
Experts at LeaseVan.co.uk have researched the regulations employers need to be aware of for new and existing staff. Failure to comply with these rules could result in a fine, or in the worst-case scenario, a court hearing.
1. Minimum wage
Workers must be paid the minimum wage, which currently stands at £8.21 per hour for employees aged 25 or over, £7.70 for 21 to 24-year olds and £6.15 for those aged between 18 – 20. Failure to pay the minimum wage could see an employer end up in court.
2. Working time directive
The average working week should be no more 48 hours, averaged over 17 weeks. This is called the working time directive or working time regulations. If an employee is under 18 years old, they can’t work more than eight hours a day or 40 hours a week.
3. Night working
The night period is 11pm to 6am. Any employees who work for three hours during this time are classed as a night worker. They must not work more than an average of eight hours in a 24-hour period.
Overtime are any hours over an employees contracted working hours. An employer does not have to pay staff overtime, but average pay for the extra hours must not fall below the minimum wage.
5. Rest breaks at work
Workers over 18 are entitled to rest breaks at work; daily rest and weekly rest. Workers have the right to one uninterrupted 20-minute rest break during their working day, if they work more than six hours a day. Daily rest is the right to 11 hours rest between working day and weekly rest, an uninterrupted 24 hours without any work each week or 48 hours without any work each fortnight.
6. Sunday working
An employee can’t be made to work on a Sunday unless they’ve agreed to it with their employers and it’s put in writing.
7. Time off
Most workers are entitled to 5.6 weeks’ holiday a year. Some employers include bank holidays within this. Others will give the bank holidays as extras.