Consultation on a review of the Working Time Directive

Close date: 28 February 2011

The European Commission consults with the European social partners on the extent to which it should review the Working Time Directive (2003/88/EC). This is the second stage of consultation with the European social partners. The European Commission seeks views on whether to conduct a focused review, concentrating on the issues of compensatory rest and on-call time, or to undertake a comprehensive review, which could look at how to improve work-life balance, amending the definition of workers who are excluded from certain provisions of the Working Time Directive, and reducing reliance on the working time opt-out. A previous attempt to review the legislation did not reach agreement in April 2009, when the 48-hour opt-out and rules about on-call time were revisited.
Consultation document: Reviewing the Working Time Directive (second-phase consultation) (PDF format, 71K) (on the Europa website)