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Acas publish new online guidance on overtime

Makbool Javaid

Acas has published new online guidance on overtime which relates to any additional hours worked over and above a worker’s fixed, contractual working hours. Acas point out that employers may offer overtime to cope with an increase in demand for their products or services. Whether a worker is required to work overtime depends on the employment contract. Details should be set out in the contract of employment or the staff handbook. The guidance covers: is overtime compulsory or voluntary?; is there a limit to how much overtime can be worked?; pay when working overtime; overtime for part time workers; and, the impact of overtime on holiday calculations.

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