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

Sectoral Determinations

Sectoral Determination No 5: Learnerships

14. Daily and weekly rest period


(1) An employer must allow a learner:
(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 subclause (1)(a) may, by written agreement, be reduced to 10 hours for a learner:
(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 subclause (1)(b), an agreement in writing may provide for:
(a) a rest period of at least 60 consecutive hours every two weeks; or
(b) a learner'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.