Abstract Purpose. The study presented here is a comparative analysis examining the links between different sources of labour law, placing a special emphasis on the regulation of working time.
Design/methodology/approach. The analysis considers some key indicators such as working time duration, rest periods, overtime. Working time regulations in some European countries have been analysed, and subsequently compared with those in place in the United States and Japan.
Findings. Although different regulations are in place, some common aspects have been identified, as well as some disparities concerning the relevance of legal sources regulating working time.
Research limitations/implications. The research is part of a debate adding a comparative perspective.
Originality/value. The paper provides further material for an ongoing discussion about how working time is conceived in different countries.
Paper type. Issues paper