Basic Conditions of the Employment Act
2.4 Compressed working week : Section 11
2.4.1 An employee may agree in writing to work up to 12 hours in a day without receiving overtime pay.
2.4.2 This agreement may not require or permit an employee to work¾
(a) more than 45 ordinary hours in any week;
(b) more than ten hours’ overtime in any week; or
(c) more than five days in any week.
2.5 Averaging of hours of work : Section 12
2.5.1 A collective agreement may permit the hours of work to be averaged over a period of up to four months.
2.5.2 An employee who is bound by such a collective agreement may not work more than¾
(a) an average of 45 ordinary hours in a week over the agreed period;
(b) an average of five hours’ overtime in a week over the agreed period.
2.6 Meal intervals : Section 14
2.6.1 An employee must have a meal interval of 60 minutes after five hours work.
2.6.2 A written agreement may¾
(a) reduce the meal interval to 30 minutes;
(b) dispense with the meal interval for employees who work fewer than six hours on a day.
2.7 Daily and weekly rest period : Section 15
An employee must have a daily rest period of 12 consecutive hours and a weekly rest period of 36 consecutive hours, which, unless otherwise agreed, must include Sunday.
2.8 Pay for work on Sundays : Section 16
2.8.1 An employee who occasionally works on a Sunday must receive double pay.
2.8.2 An employee who ordinarily works on a Sunday must be paid at 1.5 times the normal wage.
2.8.3 Paid time off in return for working on a Sunday may be agreed upon.
2.9 Night work : Section 17
2.9.1 Employees who work at night between 18h00 and 06h00 must be compensated by payment of an allowance or by a reduction of working hours and transport must be available.
2.9.2 Employees who work regularly after 23:00 and before 06:00 the next day must be informed¾
(a) of any health and safety hazards; and
(b) the right to undergo a medical examination.
2.10 Public holidays : Section 18
2.10.1 Employees must be paid their ordinary pay for any public holiday that falls on a working day.
2.10.2 Work on a public holiday is by agreement and paid at double the rate.
2.10.3 A public holiday may be exchanged with another day by agreement.