Statutory regulations – The Working Time Act


The principal statutory regulation is the 1994 Working Time Act that provides the basic framework for matters such as the duration of the working day, time off, and Sundays and public holidays. Its key provisions are as follows:

  • An employee’s working day may not exceed eight hours. It may be extended to ten hours as long as the average working day over any six-month period remains at eight hours. There are special regulations governing night and shift work.

  • Workers working between 6 and 9 hours a day are entitled to a minimum break of 30 minutes. This rises to at least 45 minutes for anything over 9 hours.

  • There must be a period of at least 11 hours between the end of one working day and the start of the next.

  • Employees may not be asked to work on Sundays or public holidays.