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Agreement to disapply the 48-hour working week form template

Reviewed 31 October 2021

An employee can choose to work more than an average 48 hours a week. They can do this by signing a written agreement, known as an 'opt-out agreement'. This agreement should be separate from the employment contract.

Agreement to disapply the 48-hour working week

This Agreement is made between:

[Company name] Limited registered in England and Wales under company number (number) whose registered office is at [address] (‘the Company’); and

[Name] of [address] (‘the Employee’)

And hereby states as follows:

The Working Time Regulations 1998 provide that an employer is required to take all reasonable steps to ensure that workers do not work more than an average of 48 hours a week over a 17-week period.  However, a worker may voluntarily agree to work more than the 48-hour average weekly limit.

The Company and the Employee hereby agree that

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