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Understanding a Compressed Working Week

In some sectors Employer’s operations require them to go above the prescribe 9 hour working days.

These sectors are, but not limited to, Security Industry, Road freight Industry and the Hospitality Industry.

For these Employers Section 11 of the BCEA will come into equation when determining their Employees normal working hours.

Section 11 stipulates that Employer may require their Employees to work up and to a12 hour shift per day, but with this there is a few boxes to tick.

To be able to implement a Compressed Working Week a agreement must be drafted between the Employer and Employee whereby the Employee consents to working 12hours shift.

When Compressed Working Weeks is agreed upon the Employer must still keep in mind the following,
• Ordinary Working Hours may not exceed 45 hours a week.
• Employees may not work more than 10 hours of Overtime a Week.
• And an Employee may not work more than Five days in a week.

When an Employer decides to implement Section 11 it is still strongly advised that they consult with a Labour Practitioner as to ensure they operate within the law.

This article aims to provide general information and does not constitute legal advice. For more information contact 021 919 6418 OR erin@joblaw.co.za

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