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This document can be used by an employee to notify an employer of their decision to be exempt for the legal maximum weekly working hours. These regulations state that an employee can only work more than 48 hours per week, including overtime and time spent working for other employers, if the employee has agreed, in writing, to do so.
The employee can specify certain circumstances where they wish the exemption to come into place. The employee can also grant the exemption indefinitely or for a specific period of time.
This exemption from the weekly limit on working hours can be terminated at any time by the employee by giving the employer a minimum of 7 days notice in writing and a maximum of 3 months.
This document is not needed if an employee is mobile and works in employment sectors of:
How this document should be used
This document should be given to the employer. In most circumstances it should be given to the employee's manager or relevant HR representative.
Once the document has been received by the employer, they have a legal duty to comply with the obligations applicable to them under regulation 5 of the 1998 regulations which state that employers need to:
The Working Time Regulations 1998
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