Can an employer be held liable for allowing employees to work too many hours?

Posted in : Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 5 October 2018
Seamus McGranaghan
O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors
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Q: If an employee opts out of the 48hour working week, can an employer be held liable for allowing them to work too many hours?

Scott: So, in this situation, employees have opted out. They are working more than 48 hours a week but the employer is concerned they may be doing too many hours and is there any kind of guidance or limit on the number of hours that somebody can work in a week lawfully under working time. If anything happened to the employees, would the employer be held liable because they've allowed them to work too many hours?

Seamus: Yeah. The status quo, the general position is, of course, that there is a European time limit in relation to working hours per week, which

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This article is correct at 05/10/2018

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Seamus McGranaghan
O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors

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