Guide to Doing Business
in Suriname

Maximum working hours

The Labour Code 1963 (Arbeidswet 1963) limits the maximum working hours of an employee. According to the Labour Code 1963 employees may only work for a maximum of 8,5 hours a day or 48 hours a week. For security personnel who exclusively perform security tasks, the maximum working hours are extended to 12 hours a day or 72 hours a week. For personnel who perform security tasks but not exclusively, the maximum working hours are extended to 10 hours a day or 60 hours a week. A few industries are exempted by national decree from the maximum hours rules described above.

The Labour Code 1963 furthermore stipulates that an employee may not perform work on a Sunday on a national holiday. If an employer requires its personnel to perform overtime, it needs to request an ‘overtime-permit’ from the Labour Inspection.