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Overtime Compensation

Normal working hours are 8 per day and 48 per week. Workers may be required to work overtime, provided that total working hours, inclusive of overtime, must not exceed 10 hours per day or fifty six hours per week except when persons are employed in shifts. It is permissible to employ shift workers in excess of ten hours in any one day or 48 hours in any one week (without paying overtime), where the average number of hours over a period of three weeks may not exceed 10 hours per day and 56 hours per week.

An employer is required to pay overtime at the rate of one and a half times the normal rate of pay (150% of normal wage rate). This rate is for working overtime on normal week days. If workers are required to do overtime work on a gazetted public holiday, they are paid two times the rate of normal pay (200% of the normal wage rate).

The Minister may, after consultation with the Labour Advisory Board, regulate the maximum number of hours per week including overtime work, which may be worked in any industry or occupation and may, by order, provide for temporary exceptions in extraordinary situations where the public interest so requires. However, no such order could be located.

Source: §53 of the Employment Act 2006

Night Work Compensation

There is no provision in the law that requires an employer to make premium payment to the night workers.

Compensatory Holidays / Rest Days

No provision could be identified in laws to require an employer to provide compensatory rest day for working on weekly rest day. However, Section 54 of the Employment Act requires an employer to provide a compensatory holiday with full pay to a worker who works on a public holiday.

Source: § 54 of the Employment Act 2006

Weekend / Public Holiday Work Compensation

If workers have to work on a public holiday, they are entitled to 200% of the normal rate of wages within a month after public holiday. However, workers can either receive a compensatory holiday or receive higher compensation for working on a public holiday. 

If a worker performs work for part only of a public holiday, an employer pays the proportion of the remuneration for a full day’s work on that day if that day had not been a public holiday, represented by the number of hours for which the worker has performed work.

There is no provision in the law for weekend work compensation.

Source: § 53-54 of the Employment Act 2006, § 3 of the Public Holidays Act 1965

Regulations on Compensation

  • The Employment Act, 2006
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