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Can my employer force a 7 day week ? just to work contracted

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can my employer force a 7 day week ? just to work contracted 37 hours
Hello my name is ***** ***** I am happy to help you today. How long have you worked for the employer for?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
about 9 years
Is this a new requirement, are they suggesting there is never a day off (unless it is annual leave? )
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no I used to work 7 days 1 week, and 5 the 2nd week. 2 days off a fortnight equal to one day overtime a week . that was okay. but have been doing for sometime a 7 day week continously, just to ensure i work my contracted hours
so are they not giving you enough hours during the 12 days over the 2 week period? What is the nature of your work?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thats right care work
how long has this been going on for?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
A long time now ,not sure exactly when but at least 2 years. if i don't work the hours i lose pay as well so am forced to do it
Ok this is in breach of the working time regulations. You should be entitled to 2 days off in a 14 day period or 1 in a 7 day period. You should not suffer a reduction in pay as a result of you asking for these breaks, in other words the employer should ensure that you get your hours over the correct period. You can raise grievance to say that this is in breach of the Working Time Regulations and that you are entitled to have the breaks by law (without a reduction in your working hours). Ultimately you may have to contact ACAS and start early claim conciliation if they will not back down. If they still will not back down you can claim in the employment tribunal. They cannot take action against you for trying to assert your statutory right to rest. If you were to be dismissed it would amount to automatic unfair dismissal. If you have any further questions please ask. If I have answered your question I would be grateful if you would take the time to rate my answer as am not otherwise paid for answering your question. Thank you and all the best.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
thank you just as i thought
No problem all the best with it.