Many employees working unpaid overtime

by Christopher Evans

Many UK employees are working unpaid overtime because of the pressures facing their companies, it has been claimed.

Work Wise UK said it is not uncommon for staff in some sectors to be working up to 50 hours per week at the moment.

Phil Flaxton, chief executive of the group, said: "It is quite well documented that a number of the working population are working longer hours than they did prior to the recession."

He suggested that the trend may be particularly pronounced among small businesses, whose staff are being asked to put in additional hours to keep the company afloat.

However, Mr Flaxton warned: "I suspect that some staff would react to that by trying to bring some kind of legal action against their employer."

Under current employment regulations, most workers cannot be made to work more than an average of 48 hours a week.

However, they can work longer than this if they agree to it in writing with a 48-Hour Opt Out Agreement.

Published on: August 23, 2010

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