Working Hours

Working Week

  • Employees and workers are entitled not to work more than 48 hours a week on average.

  • This value is calculated over a period of 17 weeks.

Workers may sign a clause in their contract exempting them from working no more than 48 hours a week but they cannot be forced to give up that right.

If they change their minds and want to exercise their right not to work more than 48 hours a week, they may do so, by informing their employer that they no longer wish to be exempt from their right to the working hours, although they may have to wait some weeks before this takes effect. IN THIS CASE, ASK INFORMATION FROM YOUR TRADE UNION REPRESENTATIVE.

Night Work


  • Employees or workers in night shifts cannot work more than eight-hour shifts in each 24-hour period.

This value is calculated, on average, over a 17-week period or the period set out in the contract if it is shorter.

Example: an agency worker hired for one month cannot work more than an average of 48 hours at night over a period of 4 weeks.

NOTE! Workers will receive a free health assessment from their employer before becoming night workers and then on a regular basis.


Employees and workers are entitled to a 20-minute break when the day’s work is over six hours long.

If workers are under 18 years of age they are entitled to a 30-minute break after working for four and a half hours.