Working hours are not excessive

What you should do - eti

The requirements of the ETI Base code. The only elements here are those which go over and above the legal requirements

Maximum hours - this relates to ALL types of workers

  • Working hours comply with national laws and benchmark industry standards, whichever affords greater protection.
  • In any event, workers shall not on a regular basis be required to work in excess of 48 hours per week on average.
  • Overtime shall be voluntary, shall not exceed 12 hours per week, shall not be demanded on a regular basis and shall always be compensated at a premium rate.

In practise this means:

Maximum hours:

  • Make sure that no worker works more than 60 hours (including overtime) in any week. This figure cannot be averaged out over a period of weeks.
  • You should work towards ensuring that for the majority of the time, your workers do not work more than 48 hours per week. Overtime should be used in emergencies rather than the norm. You need to bear this in mind when scheduling your work and monitoring the hours worked as discussed in the above table.

Voluntary Overtime:

  • Consider how you allocate overtime and ensure workers have a mechanism to turn down overtime without penalty or pressure from supervisors and/or peers.
  • You should not assume that all workers want to work overtime.
  • When you need/require overtime to be worked, ask workers to volunteer. This makes it easier for workers who do not want to work overtime to turn it down.
  • Overtime is not compulsory. There are other forms of compulsory overtime you need to avoid. For example, if transport is provided to workers and it only leaves the site at the end of the overtime shift, then workers may have no choice but to stay and work. There may also be a problem if you need a crew to work overtime for you, but not all members of the crew want to work the extra hours. Workers in this situation can be (or feel) pressured by their peers to work. This kind of situation can easily deteriorate or be perceived as bullying.

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