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Working Time and Work-Life Balance
Working time and work-life balance

The pattern of working time - its overall duration and arrangement within the day, week and year - plays a central part not only in employees’ overall experience of work, but also in how (and how well) time spent at work integrates with life outside work. Working time is a core issue within employment relations: for the majority of employees, their weekly working hours, together with the amount of holiday they are entitled to, are among the most clearly-defined elements of the employment contract. Indeed, given the difficulty of specifying in such contracts precisely how much work an employee is expected to perform, how long an individual is required to work is widely used as a ...

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