Ensure that workers are not required to work more than 48 hours per week, on average
Ensure that night workers do not have to work more than 8 hours in a 24 hour period
Ensure that night workers are given a health assessment prior to commencing work and then at regular intervals from then on
If you suspect that vulnerable workers in your workplace are having their basic employment rights breached you can make a complaint to the relevant enforcement body to ensure that the employer complies with the minimum legal standard that a worker is entitled to. It may be possible for you to resolve the issues with the employer in the first instance. If this isn't possible the threat of involving an enforcement body or the actual assistance from an enforcement officer may force a rogue employer to act.
The TUC has worked with the enforcement agencies to compile a set of videos outlining the role of each agency, the powers of their officers and the sanctions they can impose on employers. Please see the links below for further information.
Issued: 21 July, 2011