An agreement between an employer and non-union workforce representatives under the terms of the UK Working Time Regulations. Such agreements can be used to secure a more flexible implementation of the legal rules on working time, suited to the needs of an individual company; for example, the 48-hour week can be averaged over a fifty-two-week period through a workforce agreement. Workforce agreements must be in writing and agreed by elected representatives in companies with twenty or more employees; in smaller companies they can be agreed directly with the workforce but a majority must express approval. Workforce agreements cannot override collective agreements negotiated with a trade union. More recently, the option to use workforce agreements has been extended to the issue of parental leave.
Subjects: Human Resource Management.