What are the limits on working time for workers to whom the Fishing Vessels (Working Time: Sea-fishermen) Regulations 2004 apply?

The Fishing Vessels (Working Time: Sea-fishermen) Regulations 2004 (SI 2004/1713) apply to workers employed on board a UK fishing vessel. These workers are not covered by the Working Time Regulations 1998 (SI 1998/1833).

Regulation 6 provides that working time, including overtime, should not exceed 48 hours in any seven-day period, usually averaged over 52 weeks.

Workers are also entitled to adequate rest. Regulation 7(3) states that minimum rest periods should not be less than 10 hours in any 24-hour period, and 77 hours in any seven-day period. Rest periods cannot be divided into more than two periods, one of which must be at least six hours in length, and the interval between consecutive rest periods must not exceed 14 hours.

Regulation 9 requires an employer to ensure that a worker is given reasonable rest breaks in circumstances where the pattern of work may put his or her health and safety at risk, for example if the work is of a monotonous nature.

Regulation 14 provides that a master of a fishing vessel can require a worker to work any hours necessary in the event of an emergency.

Regulation 11 entitles workers to a minimum of four weeks' paid annual leave.