If working hours are not measured or predetermined, such as for managing executives you might not have to apply working time obligations.
Derogations are also possible when continuity of presence, service or production is required, such as in:
- hospitals or similar establishments
- fire and civil protection services
- industries where work cannot be interrupted for technical reasons
Finally, if allowed by the national law, you may have an agreement with a staff member to work beyond the 48-hour limit. They can refuse to give their agreement or they can revoke it at any moment and should not suffer any detriment for doing so. You need to keep up-to-date records of all workers who carry out such work. This ‘opt-out' only applies to the 48-hour limit, not to the other working time rules.
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