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Do any firms respect the Working Time Directive ?

 
#1 Do any firms respect the Working Time Directive ?
01/06/2006 12:54

Curious

I've just read the discussion on this site about PA's attitude towards excessive hours.

Is this the same in all consultancies ? Does anyone out there really work at home on Friday, or is it all 16 hour days and weekends ?

How do consultancies get around the Working Time Directive?

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#2 Re: Do any firms respect the Working Time Directive ?
01/06/2006 13:09

long days long nites..........am a UK consultant currently on a project in Germanay (signatory to the 48hour week unlike the UK) and yet leave office average midnite whilst arriving at 8 in the morning

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#3 Re: Do any firms respect the Working Time Directive ?
01/06/2006 14:08

Slave to the man

Every consulting company I've ever worked for gets its consultants to waive their rights within minutes of walking through the door. My current employer actually sent the waiver with the employment contract.

You're not obligated to waive your rights, of course, and legally you cannot be penalised for electing to keep them. In practice, however, it would be a career-limiting move to try to resist the dominant hours culture in your organisation, particularly if you’re reasonably junior.

Remember, too, that the European directive is based on your average working hours over 17 weeks, so a couple of 70-80 hour weeks aren’t really going to cut it. The directive is normally only effective if your organisation is habitually working you long hours.

Not all firms have long-hours cultures, and I've been lucky to work in two where people genuinely leave at a decent time. And yes, I do work at home on a Friday.

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#4 Re: Do any firms respect the Working Time Directive ?
02/06/2006 16:03

PA-er

The problems associated with long hours are certainly not something that PA take seriously.

There was a bit hurray recently when senior management decided that we could charge up to a whopping £10 on a meal if you are working late.

And as for encouraging staff to work from home on the occasional Friday ????? Never in a month of Sundays...

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