An employee’s “hours of work” is a key provision of their contract of employment. In addition to setting out their basic hours, the contract should set out an employee’s entitlement to rest breaks, shifts and overtime.

Under the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997, employees are not normally permitted to work more than an average of 48 hours in a seven-day period, the average normally being calculated over a four month period. All employees are entitled to be notified in advance of the hours the employer will generally require them to work.  In addition employees must be notified at least 24 hours in advance of any additional hours, overtime or roster changes required.