One Lesson A Day: Know your Law (19/11/2021)

Hospitality has always been a common place where workers rights and employment law either isn’t properly known about or is not taken seriously.

Many passionate employees either work off workplace gossip or rumours that might have no real backing.

At the NCOH we believe in educating all hospitality workers so they know their rights in employment.

Common workplace laws

Working hours – Every employee in hospitality regardless of position has the right to only work the maximum 48 hours per week. An employee also has the right to refuse the ‘opt-out’ clause without any negative effect (either through the way they are treated or a deduction in pay ect). Even if you have signed an ‘opt-out’ agreement, you are allowed to ‘opt back in’, again without any negative effect or pressure from your employer.

Breaks & Rests – All workers over the age of 18 have the right to a 20 minute uniterrupted rest break where they are working more than 6 hours in a day. Breaks must not be given at the start or end of a shift.

Daily rest – employees have the right to 11 hours rest between working days. So if you were to finish a shift at 10pm, you should not start your next shift until 9am the following morning.

Weekly Rest – Employees have the right to one uninterrupted 24 hour rest period every week. And they also have the right to one uninterrupted 48 hour rest period every 2 weeks.

Maximum & Minimum Working Temperatures – At this time (2021) there is no law in place that states a maximum or minimum temperature for in the workplace. Although under the health & safety at work act, employers must do everything they can to keep the temperature at work at a comfortable level.

Stress at work – Employers are required to carry out a risk assessment on everything that could cause a worker harm in the workplace. This includes potential stress

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