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    Is there any law restricting employers when it comes to full-time employees working hours?

    Could a company employee deliberately overwork himself if he wanted to?

    Although he probably would be sleep deprived
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    There are several law regarding working hours.

    Your employer should ensure you get appropriate breaks for the number of hours worked each day, week, or fortnight. You should also have the statutory annual leave amount to take as holiday.

    The working time directive also states that you shouldn’t work more than 48 hours on average per week, but many companies will ask their employees to sign an opt out agreement on this. Although the employee could refuse to sign it, and there shouldn’t be any implications if they did so.

    How much work you are being given is a slightly different matter though. If you really think this is an issue and particularly if you feel you are receiving higher amount of responsibility or work than employees within a similar role, then if you are part of a Union, it might be worthwhile speaking to your rep. If you aren’t part of a union, then really you have to deal with it head on with your manager. If you don’t feel you can have that conversation with them, try your HR contact. Both of those latter option are a tricky minefield to manoeuvre through though.
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