No Excessive Working Hours

Working hours comply with national laws , collective agreements, and the provisions of the below, whichever affords the greatest protection for workers. The below are based on international labour standards.

Working hours, excluding overtime, shall be defined by contract, and shall not exceed 48 hours per week.

All overtime shall be voluntary. Overtime shall be used responsibly, taking into account all the following: the extent, frequency and hours worked by individual workers and the workforce as a whole. It shall not be used to replace regular employment. Overtime shall always be compensated at a premium rate, which is recommended to be not less than 125% of the regular rate of pay.

The total hours worked in any seven-day period shall not exceed 60 hours, except where covered by the below.

Working hours may exceed 60 hours in any seven-day period only in exceptional circumstances where all of the following are met:

  • This is allowed by national law;
  • This is allowed by a collective agreement freely negotiated with a workers’ organisation representing a significant portion of the workforce;
  • Appropriate safeguards are taken to protect the workers’ health and safety;
  • The employer can demonstrate that exceptional circumstances apply such as unexpected production peaks, accidents or emergencies.

Workers shall be provided with at least one day off in every seven-day period or, where allowed by national law, two days off in every 14-day period.