The Working Time (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

Jurisdiction: Northern Ireland

Commencement: 24 April 2020

Amends: The Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016 (SR 2016/49)

Mini Summary

The Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016 (SR 2016/49) detail the maximum working hours for employees. They are designed to regulate long working hours which put workers at risk of injury or ill-health. Under these Regulations, a worker cannot generally be forced to work more than a 48-hour week.



The provisions concerning annual leave are amended. A worker who is unable to take some of their statutory leave entitlement due to the effects of Coronavirus (whether the effects are on the worker, the employer, or wider society) can carry over their missed leave into the following two leave years.


If leave is carried forward as a result of Coronavirus, and the worker’s employment is then terminated, the employer must pay the worker in lieu of the missed leave.


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