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Would you want to work more than your contracted hours at anytime in the future?
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Many thanks for your patience. If you were to refuse to agree to working more than the average 48 hour weekly limit, the employer should not retract their job offer. It is your legal right to decide not to work over that limit and you should not be treated detrimentally as a result. Saying that, they could try and disguise their retraction as being for some other non-related reason. For example they can try and say that their business requirements have changed and they no longer require you, or something else along those lines that is not immediately connected to your opt in to this limit. So this is the main risk – being treated detrimentally because of your decision, without being able to directly link it to the employer’s actions. But that is all a worst case scenario and there is of course no guarantee that they will do that.
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