Agreement to opt out of maximum weekly working time


10 minutes to complete

For organisations wanting an agreement, in the form of a letter, for an employee to opt out of the average 48 hour week, in accordance with regulations 4 and 5 of the Working Time Regulations 1998.

Is this right for me?

This document is right for your organisation if:

  • You have staff who wish to opt out of the 48 hour working week.

This document is not right for your organisation if:

  • You do not have staff who wish to opt out of the 48 hour working week.

Please note: This document is in the form of a letter that should be sent to the volunteer in question. As such, make sure that when you print it you include the date of the day the letter will be sent (you will be asked this), and that you print the letter on your organisation's headed paper.

What you'll need…

What do I need before I start?

• Details of employee wishing to opt out.

Remember: If you don’t have everything you need you can make a start, save the information and return to complete the form another time.


Q: What is the process?
A: Once you have logged in and paid for the form you will be asked a series of questions. These questions help us to create exactly the right document for you. There is lots of information to help you. Once you have finished the document it will be emailed to you with more instructions about what to do next.

Q: What if I don’t have time to complete the form?
A: If you don’t have all the information you need or if you get interrupted you can save the information you have inputted and return to the document later.

Q: What if I want more information about employment issues?
A: You may find some of the other resources on Get Legal helpful, there are employment documents such as a grievance policy and a disciplinary policy as well an employment contract. If you would like advice on a more complex employment contract, or want more specific advice about your organisation’s circumstances, please contact Bates Wells at or 020 7551 7777 and a member of our legal team will be able to give an estimate for providing bespoke advice.

How it Works

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