Table of Contents
- The rules on daily and weekly working hours
- Exemptions from the working time rules
- Breaks and rest periods
- Consequences of breaches of the law on working hours
- What other rules do employers need to be aware of?
- Work-related stress and overwork
- Top Ten Tips
IntroductionIn this report covering 51 countries, we take a global look at the law on working hours, breaks and rest time between work shifts and how it is applied in different countries. We also look at the changing nature of work, in particular, the growing tendency for people to work on various devices from a range of locations and the implications this has, both in terms of time recording and the ability of employees to disconnect fully from work outside working hours.
The rules on daily and weekly working hoursIn most places, there is a statutory limit on daily working time of roughly 8-10 hours, and a limit on weekly working of between 38 and 48 hours. In some countries, the week is distributed over 6 days, rather than 5. This is the case, for example, in some South American countries, including Peru, Chile, Mexico and Colombia. Daily hours should generally be divided evenly, but allowance is often made for longer hours over short periods?
Covered Countries:Argentina, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, the UK, the US and Venezuela.