Before offering an appointment, the selection panel will ensure that you understand the time commitment required to undertake the AL role. The conversation will explore any peaks in workload to reduce the possibility that you may be overloaded.
You will be asked to provide information on the average number of hours that you work outside the OU; this will help your line manager to manage your workload and ensure compliance with the Working Time Regulations.
The Working Time Regulations state that adult workers cannot be forced to work more than 48 hours a week on average - this is normally averaged over 17 weeks. An employee can work more than 48 hours in one week, as long as the average over 17 weeks is less than 48 hours per week. Where the AL exceeds the Working Time Regulations because of the work they undertake outside the OU then they are given the opportunity to opt out of the Working Time Regulations. However, the University has a duty of care to ensure that they are not overloaded and that the service to students does not suffer as a result of over work.
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