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Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997 (Act No. 75 of 1997)

Chapter Two : Regulation of working time

15. Daily and weekly rest period


(1) An employer must allow an employee
(a) a daily rest period of at least twelve consecutive hours between ending and recommencing work; and
(b) a weekly rest period of at least 36 consecutive hours which, unless otherwise agreed, must include Sunday.


(2) A daily rest period in terms of subsection (1)(a) may, by written agreement, be reduced to 10 hours for an employee—
(a) who lives on the premises at which the workplace is situated; and
(b) whose meal interval lasts for at least three hours.


(3) Despite subsection (1)(b), an agreement in writing may provide for—
(a) a rest period of at least 60 consecutive hours every two weeks; or
(b) an employee's weekly rest period to be reduced by up to eight hours in any week if the rest period in the following week is extended equivalently.