Your Personal Assistant is under no legal obligation to work more than 48 hours per week. An average is taken over a 17 weeks period so don’t worry if you sometimes need your employee to work extra hours.
Personal Assistants are free to offer to work more than 48 hours per week, but this must be agreed in writing. Employees are entitled to a break of 20 minutes if they work for more than 6 hours per day.
The rules that provide these basic rights and protections to employees are known as the Working Time Regulations.
Other rights and protections your employees have under the regulations include:
- A right to 11 hours rest a day.
- A right to a day off each week.
- A right to an in-work rest break if the working day is longer than 6 hours.
- A right to 5.6 weeks paid leave per year.