Maximum working hours
Employees who earn less than a certain annual income fall under the scope of the Labor Regulation and may therefore not work more hours than the statutory maximum of working hours. The Labor Regulation makes a distinction between schedule workers and non-schedule workers. Schedule workers are employees who work in accordance with a recurrent schedule (timetable) outside of regular office hours.
For non-schedule workers the maximum working hours per week calculated over a four weeks’ period is forty hours, provided the employee does not work more than ten hours a day. The period during which the employee has to work longer than six hours each day has to be interrupted after at the most five hours for a break of at least half an hour.
For schedule workers the maximum working hours calculated over a four weeks’ period is forty-five hours per week, provided the employee does not work more than ten hours a day.
Any working hours beyond the above mentioned maximum hours per day and per week is deemed overtime.