Hours and Overtime

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Is there a limit for working hours per day?

Yes. Ten working hours per day is the maximum except where shifts are involved.

Does that mean that an employee should continue working for ten hours without any break?

No. When the maximum working hours are at least eight hours per a day, an employee is entitled to a thirty-minute break.

How many hours should an employee work per week?

An employee may work for a maximum of forty eight hours. This is what is provided for by law.

Can an employee negotiate with the employer on the total number of working hours?

Yes. An employee may agree with the employer that the maximum working hours per week shall not be less than forty eight hours or that the normal working hours in a week shall be more than forty eight hours.

Should an employee work overtime?

If an employee is able to do so, it is acceptable. However, the employee does not have to work overtime if he or she is not interested in doing so.

Should the employer pay for overtime work?

Yes. When an employee works in excess of eight hours per day or forty eight hours per week without a written agreement, the employee should be remunerated at the minimum rate of one and a half times of the normal hourly rate if the overtime is on the normal working days, and at two times the hourly rate where the overtime is worked on gazetted public holidays.

Pay/Remuneration – how it happens

All employees are entitled to pay in legal tender. The employee may also chose to be paid using a bank cheque, postal order, money order or by direct payment to his or her bank account.  In order for this to possible the employee must provide the employer with a written agreement.

An employee is not entitled to receive wages in respect of any period where he or she is absent from work without authorisation or good cause, except in the case of an employee who has completed at least three months’ continuous service with his or her employer.

Yes. Ten working hours per day is the maximum except where shifts are involved.

Does that mean that an employee should continue working for ten hours without any break?

No. When the maximum working hours are at least eight hours per a day, an employee is entitled to a thirty-minute break.

How many hours should an employee work per week?

An employee may work for a maximum of forty eight hours. This is what is provided for by law.

Can an employee negotiate with the employer on the total number of working hours?

Yes. An employee may agree with the employer that the maximum working hours per week shall not be less than forty eight hours or that the normal working hours in a week shall be more than forty eight hours.

Should an employee work overtime?

If an employee is able to do so, it is acceptable. However, the employee does not have to work overtime if he or she is not interested in doing so.

Should the employer pay for overtime work?

Yes. When an employee works in excess of eight hours per day or forty eight hours per week without a written agreement, the employee should be remunerated at the minimum rate of one and a half times of the normal hourly rate if the overtime is on the normal working days, and at two times the hourly rate where the overtime is worked on gazetted public holidays.

Pay/Remuneration – how it happens

All employees are entitled to pay in legal tender. The employee may also chose to be paid using a bank cheque, postal order, money order or by direct payment to his or her bank account.  In order for this to possible the employee must provide the employer with a written agreement.

An employee is not entitled to receive wages in respect of any period where he or she is absent from work without authorisation or good cause, except in the case of an employee who has completed at least three months’ continuous service with his or her employer.

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