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Is flexible working the way of the future?

By Emma Clark, Senior Associate, Fox Lawyers

16 May 2012

By Emma Clark, Senior Associate, Fox Lawyers

The UK government has recommenced its fight to prevent Europe from making employees work less than 48 hours per week. Trade unions and employer organisations are trying to reach an agreement on working time issues by September 2012.

The main debate in Europe relating to the Working Time Regulations 1998 which implement the European Working Time Directive is whether Europe will still allow the UK to ask its middle management and junior staff to sign a document, often attached to an employment contract, in which they agree to opt out of the 48-hour working week.

Although it is often hard to exceed the 48-hour working week (as it applies over a rolling 17-week reference period), the fundamental aim of the restric...

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