Flexible working hours (FWH) or flexitime schemes operate widely in the Home Office where the nature of the work allows for it. The schemes give members of staff flexibility over the pattern of their working day. Most Home Office staff take advantage of these schemes which enable them to vary their lunch break.
The requirements of the Working Time Regulations in relation to excess hours worked should ensure that staff take at least the minimum lunch break each day and do not regularly work long hours.
Where members of staff who do not use flexible working schemes work outside of their normal contractual hours they may also take any excess hours worked as time off in lieu, or, where it is applicable and appropriate, and dependent on their grade, authorised overtime may be payable or a discretionary payment made.
Responsibility for granting days off in lieu is delegated to local line management and information on the total number of days in lieu taken by staff in the Home Office and its agencies and NDPBs is therefore not held centrally. For this reason this information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.