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Updated 06/12/2017

General rules

Maximum weekly working time, daily and weekly rest

As an employer, you must ensure that the average weekly working time for your staff - including overtime - does not exceed 48 hours over a reference period of up to 4 months. Your employees must rest for at least 11 consecutive hours daily. You must also give your staff at least 24 hours of uninterrupted rest every 7 days, over a reference period of 2 weeks.

Breaks

If your staff work more than 6 hours a day, you must ensure that they get a break (of a duration specified in collective agreements or by national law).

Annual leave

Beyond the daily and weekly rest periods each staff member is entitled to at least 4 weeks of paid holidays every year. You cannot replace these holidays with a payment, unless the employment contract has ended before the staff member has used up all their annual leave.

Night work

If your staff work at least 3 hours of their daily work between midnight and 5.00 am that is considered night work.

Night workers may not work more than an average of 8 hours per 24 hours. If the work involves special hazards or heavy physical or mental strain, the daily limit of 8 hours may not be exceeded in any 24-hour period.

Night workers are entitled to free health assessments before and after they perform the night work (that must respect medical confidentiality). If your night workers suffer from health problems related to the fact that they work nights, they must be transferred to day work whenever possible.

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