After a lengthy battle with the European Parliament, the Government scored a significant victory for UK businesses which will enable the regions businesses to meet customer demands more effectively.
The news comes as talks in Brussels on the Working Time Directive broke down without agreement. The breakdown of the talks mark the end of the battle over the UKs right to retain the opt-out of the directive, which means that employees can work longer than 48 hours per week if they choose to do so. The European Parliament wanted to remove this option.
Speaking about the news, Phil Cookson, Partner at City based Roythorne Christmas solicitors said:
"This is good news for the regions businesses, as it gives them the flexibility to manage their workforce and respond quickly to business needs. It also gives individual employees the opportunity to work longer hours and earn more which is particularly relevant in the current financial climate."