Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and I will be assisting you with your question today. A collective agreement is essentially a written agreement, like a contract, between the affected employees, their representatives and any unions. There is nothing too specific about it as long as it is a clear agreement in writing to summarise what the agreement is about and that it is accepted by all parties concerned. As you have no union here there is no need for a formal collective agreement and it can just be an agreement that is issued personally to each employee and they sign it to signify their acceptance, or an agreement which every individual counter signs. It may be better to have an individually signed agreement for every person as then you have a specific single document for that person to refer to.
When a worker opts out of the 48 hour week this is simply done by signing a letter to confirm this and there is no reason why the same cannot be done here as well.
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The official limit on a working week is 48 hours and that is what legally one would require an opt out for. I am not sure why you want to have a 60 hour opt out because if you have a 48h opt out then it allows the workers to work more than 48h, so it can go over 60 if necessary as well, without the need for a new opt out. SO really you only need the 48h opt out and if you have that on place you can leave things as they are
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Hi there, the ethical requirements would be treated separate to the legal ones so there may actually be two sets of rules, working in parallel, although only the legal 48h week opt put will have legally binding effect.
Do not remove the 48h opt out as you still need that to cover yourself legally but for peace of mind you can issue a separate 60h opt out in the terms you wish to satisfy whatever requirements you need it for. That does mean you can remove reference to the 17 week average if needed.