WTR regulations a 'waste of SMEs' time and money'

The recent amendment to the Working Time Regulations (WTR) is of no benefit to small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and may force the insurance industry to pick up the costs of unnecessary claims, according to industry sources.

The original WTRs, published in 1998, imposed limits on people's maximum weekly working time, but provided an exemption to those who controlled their own hours, typically, senior managers and similar workers. The new 2006 amendment has now removed that exemption.

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