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

Sectoral Determinations

Sectoral Determination 14 : Hospitality Sector, South Africa

Part D : Hours of Work

17. Daily and weekly rest period


(1) An employer must grant an employee—

(a)        a daily rest period of at least 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 an employee—

(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.