Maximum working hours, overtime, weekly rest and leave
Regulation 5 provides for the possibility to opt out of the 48-hour maximum week as set out under Regulation 4, through written agreement between the employer and the employee.
Ability to opt out of the 48-hour maximum week through written agreement between the employer and the employee.
Such agreement can be indefinite or for a set period of time and is terminable by the employer giving 7 days’ notice (unless otherwise agreed)
Law / United Kingdom / Working Time Regulations 1998
The Working Time Regulations set the maximum working hours per week, for regular and night-workers. The Regulations include an “opt-out” through written agreement, as well as exclusions for certain sectors.
The Regulations implement the EU Working Time Directive 2008/88/EC. The European Commission is currently reviewing this Directive, due to the frequent usage of the “opt-out” provision, particularly by large organisations.