Employment Appeal Tribunal
The appellant companies (T) appealed against a decision that the Working Time Regulations 1998 applied to the respondent employees (R). R were offshore workers, the majority of whom were employed to work on installations situated on or over the United Kingdom continental shelf, save for three workers who were employed on an oil installation situated beyond the UK continental shelf. R maintained that they had not been afforded paid annual leave. T maintained that the Regulations did not apply to the UK continental shelf. The employment tribunal held that they did apply. By the time of T's appeal, the Regulations had been amended so as to expressly cover the UK continental shelf. Consequently, the issue for determination was whether the Regulations covered the UK continental shelf prior to that 2006 amendment. R submitted that prior to the 2006 amendment and in view of reg.1(2), the Regulations extended to only Great Britain, which embraced the GB land mass, the GB inland waters and potentially the whole or part of the UK territorial waters but no further.
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