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Workers Overtime Compensation in HR Staffing.

The normal working hours are 08 hours a day and 48 hours a week. The “hours of work” is defined as the time during which the workers are at the disposal of the employer, excluding intervals for rest and meals. Overtime is work performed on any day or week for more than the hours fixed under the BLA 2006, i.e., 8 hours a day and 48 hours a week. The maximum working hours, inclusive of overtime, may not exceed sixty hours in any week and on average fifty-six hours per week in any year. Thus maximum overtime is two hours a day and 12 hours a week. However, the average overtime hours in a year must not exceed 08 hours per week.

Hours of Work

General Regular working hours are from 09.00 am to 6.00 pm. Sunday through Thursday. Unless it is particularly specified in your employment letter, you will be expected to work these hours, which are inclusive of 60 Minutes for lunch. management reserves the right to change these working hours or working days at a week’s notice to suit the company business needs.

Salary Deduction In case of lateness, the company will deduct the equivalent amount from the salary. In case an employee comes to the office but does not work or do strike, it will be counted as non working hours. In the event of persistent lateness, you will be subject to the disciplinary procedures.

Lunch Break As stated above, you are entitled to forty (60) minutes lunch break. The timing of your lunch break must be agreed beforehand with your supervisor but normally this is between 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm.

Automated Attendance System All employees must use the Identity Card (ID) or biometric attendance device for entering and leaving the premises. If an employee is working at a customer site, he/she requires to fill in appropriate forms to register such work

Maximum working hours for young people between 16 and 18 years of age who work in factories or mines is five hours a day and 30 hours a week; for other establishments, the maximum is seven hours a day and 42 hours a week and maximum overtime is six hours a week (36 hours for factory and mine workers and 48 hours for workers of other establishments). In the case of road transport workers, the total overtime hours cannot exceed 150 hours per year.

The Government may exempt a sector from these regulations for a maximum of six months if it considers that public interest or economic development is at stake. Overtime is paid at double (or 200% of) the basic wage rate, “dearness allowance” and interim pay, if applicable.

No criterion was imposed regarding when a worker may be requested or required to work overtime however under 2015 Labour rules, a worker’s consent must be gained for overtime and he/she must be informed at least two hours prior to the commencement of overtime. For workers who are paid on a piece-rate basis, employers may (in consultation with the workers’ representatives) fix time rates equivalent to the workers’ average rate of earnings which will be deemed the workers’ ordinary basic wage for the purposes of overtime work.

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