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Labour Relations Act, 1995 (Act No. 66 of 1995)


Bargaining Council for the Hairdressing and Cosmetology Services (Semi-National)

Main Collective Agreement

14. Hours of Work



14.1 The ordinary hours of work of an employee in the Industry may not exceed 45 hours, or six days (including a Sunday), per week.


14.2 All hours of work of an employee shall be consecutive, except for meal intervals.


14.3 An employee may not be permitted or required to work in excess of nine hours per day, for five days per week.


14.4 The hours of work on each day shall be subject to the following rules:
14.4.1 Each employee shall be entitled to at least a 30-minute meal interval between 10:00 and 14:00.
14.4.2 No employee may be required or permitted to work for a continuous period of more than five hours without an uninterrupted meal interval.
14.4.3 Periods of work interrupted by an interval of less than 15 minutes shall be deemed to be continuous;


14.5 In lieu of the 30-minute meal interval each day, an employer and employee may agree, at the time of commencement of employment, that the employee shall be given a day off per week, subject to the following rules:
14.5.1 if the day off falls on a public holiday the employee shall forfeit it;
14.5.2 if the day off does not fall on a public holiday the employee shall have the benefit of both days;
14.5.3 this agreement may not be varied by either party, and it may not be varied from time to time to suit either party's whim.


14.6        A learner shall be entitled to the same time off as any other category of employees.


14.7 An employee, with the exception of an employee employed in terms of a commission agreement, may be required to work overtime on not more than three days per week and for not more than 10 hours in any week. Payment for overtime shall be at the rate of time and a half for the hours worked.