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

Chapter Two : Regulation of working time

9. Ordinary hours of work


(1) Subject to this Chapter, an employer may not require or permit an employee to work more than—
(a) 45 hours in any week; and
(b) nine hours in any day if the employee works for five days or fewer in a week;
(c) eight hours in any day if the employee works on more than five days in a week.


(2) An employee's ordinary hours of work in terms of subsection (1) may by agreement be extended by up to 15 minutes in a day but not more than 60 minutes in a week to enable an employee whose duties include serving members of the public to continue performing those duties after the completion of ordinary hours of work.


(3) Schedule 1 establishes procedures for the progressive reduction of the maximum ordinary hours of work to a maximum of 40 ordinary hours of work per week and eight ordinary hours of work per day.