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Guy Lamb at DLA Piper commenting on the agreement for a new framework on the Working Time Directive

Guy Lamb, Partner at DLA Piper commenting on the agreement between David Cameron and Angela Merkel for a new framework on the Working Time Directive said

“The working time directive is a potent symbol of perceived EU interference in the UK by selecting it as the means for negotiation, David Cameron is sending a message to the back benchers that the UK will retain flexibility and not be bound by Europe. Whilst the UK has managed to retain the ability to opt out of the weekly working limit, this has long been frowned upon by other Euro members and its threatened removal has been a concern for some years.  Retaining this flexibility would be seen as a significant win for the UK.  The other major change is to remove on-call time from the calculation of weekly limits.  This move could have big implications for public sector workers, particularly health workers who work “on call".  Having to include on-call time in the calculation of weekly working limits has been a major drain on public resources and finances for some time, and the NHS in particular”. 

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