Key differences in the law relating to working time in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Sinead Jones is an associate, and Phil Dupres and Beckie Howlett are trainee solicitors at Addleshaw Goddard. They round up the latest rulings.
In Hughes v Corps of Commissionaires Management Ltd (No. 2)  IRLR 915 CA, the Court of Appeal held that a security guard on a manned site who remained on call throughout his breaks, but was permitted to restart interrupted breaks, was given “compensatory rest” within the meaning of the Working Time Regulations 1998.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that the "refusal" or "proposed refusal" of a worker to accept his or her employer's contravention (or proposed contravention) of the Working Time Regulations 1998 (SI 1998/1833) must be communicated in advance to the employer.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has referred to the European Court of Justice the question of the extent to which employers can avoid giving workers daily rest periods and rest breaks because of the need for continuity of service or production.
The Court of Appeal has held that a lone security guard who could take a rest break during a 12-hour shift, but who had to be on call during that time and could start his rest break again if it was interrupted, was given "compensatory rest" under the Working Time Regulations 1998.
Tori O'Neil, associate, and Judith Harris, legal director, at Addleshaw Goddard detail the latest rulings.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to rest breaks.