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Basic Guide to Working Hours (Domestic Workers)

by Zopedol — last modified 2007-11-28 14:09
The maximum working hours including meal breaks, rest periods, and night work allowed for workers.


Sectoral Determination 7 applies to all domestic workers  (including independent contractors and those employed by agencies), except domestic workers who -
  • work on farms; or
  • are covered by -
    • another sectoral determination, or
    • a bargaining council agreement.

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act applies in respect of any matter not covered by this sectoral determination.


Maximum Working Hours

Number of days worked per week


Hours per day

Hours per week





1 - 5





6 - 7





Compressed Working Week

Workers may agree, in writing, to work up to 12 hours a day without getting overtime pay.
However, these workers may not work more than ?
  • 45 ordinary hours a week
  • 10 hours? overtime a week
  • 5 days a week

Averaging of Working Hours

A collective agreement may allow for working hours to be averaged over a period of up to 4 months.
However, workers may not work more than ?
  • an average of 45 hours a week
  • an average of 5 hours? overtime a week

Meal Breaks

Workers must have a meal break of 60 minutes after 5 hours? work.
A written agreement may ?
  • reduce meal intervals to 30 minutes
  • eliminate meal intervals for workers who work less than 6 hours a day

Rest Periods

Workers must have a rest period of ?
  • 12 hours each day; and
  • 36 consecutive hours each week (must include Sunday, unless otherwise agreed)

Night Work

Workers working between 18h00 and 06h00 must ?
  • get an allowance, or
  • work reduced hours, and
  • have transport available to them.

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