The working week typically runs from Sunday to Thursday and the maximum prescribed working hours for an employee is 40 hours per week (based on a five day week) and eight hours per day (exclusive of a one hour break).
Friday is the statutory day of rest each week.
Women are not permitted to work between 9pm and 5am unless specific exceptions are granted by the Labour Inspectorate where the nature of the activity/job role requires.
Employees may only be required to work overtime by their employer in exceptional circumstances, for example where it is crucial to ensure the completion of a piece of work or project.
Overtime hours must not exceed 20% of the maximum working hours (i.e. eight hours per week) and an employee must not be required to work more than a total of 12 hours per day.
Where an employee is required to work additional hours, they are entitled to overtime pay, of a minimum of 150% of the normal hourly wage. If circumstances require the employee to work on their weekly day off, they must be granted another day off (in lieu) and 150% off their wage for the overtime period.
By law, no employee can be forced to work overtime for more than 8 hours a week. Employees working overtime are entitled to an extra payment of at least 50% of their regular hourly pay.