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Sheila Scott OBE has now retired and therefore is no longer available to answer your social care questions. However, you might still find the answer you’ve been searching for down below.

14th March 2018

How Many Consecutive Days Am I Legally Allowed to Work?

Hi Sheila, how many consecutive days am I legally allowed to work? As some weeks I have to work 8 consecutive days & it has been 10 consecutive days with no rest day in between.



Dear C,


Thank you for your question.


I consulted Chris King, one of our employment law specialists from Napthens Solicitors about your question because it is important for you to have advice from an expert.


This is his advice:

"Under Regulations 11 (1) and (2) of the Working Time Regulations 1998 a worker is entitled to an uninterrupted rest of 24 hours per week or, at the employer’s choice, 48 hours per fortnight.  A week begins at midnight between Sunday and Monday. So long as you have at least a 48 hour uninterrupted rest break in each period between midnight on Sunday and midnight on Sunday a fortnight later, your employer will still be compliant with the Working Time Regulations". 


I hope this is helpful,


Please come back to me if you require further advice.


Best wishes.



*All information is correct at the time of publishing.

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