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

Sectoral Determinations

Sectoral Determination 13 : Farm Worker Sector, South Africa

Part D : Hours of Work

19. Rest period


(1) An employer must grant a farm worker—
(a) a daily rest period of at Ieast twelve consecutive hours between ending work and starting work the next day;
(b) weekly rest period of at least thirty-six consecutive hours which, unless otherwise agreed, must include a Sunday.


(2) A daily rest period in terms of sub-clause (1)(a) may, by written agreement, be reduced to 10 hours for a farm worker—
(a) who lives where the workplace is situated; and
(b) whose meal interval lasts for at least three hours.


(3) despite sub-clause (1)(b), an agreement in writing may provide for a rest period of at least sixty consecutive hours every second week.