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South Africa: In accordance with the BCEA, the maximum working hours in a week are 45 hours. Normal daily working hours are 9 hours for the workers working less than or equal to 5 days a week and 8 hours for the workers working more than 5 days in a week. Normal working hours may be extended up to 15 minutes a day or 60 minutes a week for the workers serving the public to continue performing those duties after completion of normal hours of work. Workers may agree to work up to 12 hours a day without getting overtime pay; however maximum working hours in a week can't be greater than 45 hours. A written agreement may require or permit a worker to work up to 12 hours in a day. However, overtime hours must not exceed 10 hours in a week. The compensation for overtime work is at least 150% of the normal hourly wage rate. A worker may also agree to paid time off or a combination of both pay and time off. A collective agreement may increase the maximum permitted overtime to 15 hours a week; however such agreement may not be in force for more than 2 months in any period of 12 months. Despite restrictions on normal working hours and overtime hours, the ordinary hours of work and overtime of a worker may be averaged over a period of up to 4 months in terms of a collective agreement. In such a case, an employer may not require or permit a worker to work more than an average of 45 hours of work in a week over the agreed period and an average of 5 hours overtime in a week over the agreed period. Source: §9-12 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act 1997 (last amended in 2014);§ 10-11 of the Compressed Work Week
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