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

Sectoral Determinations

Sectoral Determination 1 : Contract Cleaning Sector, South Africa

14. Rest Periods


(1) An employer shall grant to each of the employees a rest interval of not less than 15 minutes as near as practicable in the middle of the first and second work period of the day, and during such interval such employee shall not be required or permitted to perform any work, and such interval shall be deemed to be part of the ordinary hours of work of such employee.


(2) 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.


(3) A daily rest period in terms of subclause (1)(b) 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.


(4) Despite subclause (1)(c), 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 reduced by up to eight hours in any week if the rest period in the following week is extended equivalently.