Everybody is entitled to take time off once in awhile. The 1998 Working Time Regulations do, as a matter of fact, state that adult workers are entitled to:
- An uninterrupted 20-minute break for every six hours of time worked
- 11 consecutive hours of rest within every 24 hours of working time
- One day off per week, although this may be averaged over two weeks
What’s more, the law also states that workers are entitled to 28 days of annual leave per year. You should make sure you do actually take time off, ideally spreading your annual leave in a fashion that allows you to get at least a few consecutive days off every three to four months. Here is why this is so important.
Why you should take time off
Instead of allowing you to do more, working without regular breaks or time off will ultimately affect your productivity.
As time goes by, you will end up doing less, the quality of your work will be affected and, most dangerously of all, fatigue could result in mistakes that may cause potentially life-threatening accidents at work.
Your right to take time off
Your employer may ask you to postpone a holiday or forego a day off once in while if there is a staff shortage or there is an exceptionally busy period ahead. They can, however, not refuse to let you have time of at all.
If they do and you are subsequently injured at work or develop a work-related illness as a result of fatigue, such as stress-related anxiety or depression or a repetitive strain injury, for instance, they have breached their duty of care and could be held liable for your work injuries or work-related ill health.
Duty of care
An employer’s duty of care means they are responsible for the health and safety of all of their employees. As such, they are required to ensure everything possible and within reason is done to prevent workplace accidents and work-induced illnesses.
Any worker who is injured or develops an illness because their employer did not do this could qualify for compensation.
Making a claim
At Accident Advice Helpline, we not only assist you in establishing your claim eligibility, but can also provide you with an experienced, skilled in-house solicitor to help you obtain the work injury compensation due to you.
If you believe your employer may be responsible for your occupational condition or workplace injury, call 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, now and discuss your case with Accident Advice Helpline advisors.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice