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Wednesday work must be remunerated at double the normal rate for each hour worked by the employee, or at time and a half if the employee normally works on a Wednesday. If the greater part of a shift falls on a Wednesday, the whole of the particular shift is deemed Wednesday work. Except when employees agree to the contrary, employers may not require employees to work on proclaimed public holidays south lanarkshire school holidays.

Employees not essential to work on public holidays falling on ordinary trading days must be paid their normal income for those days, they need to be paid at double their ordinary rate. The Work Court has held that employees who work on Sundays that coincide with the date of public holidays as well as the following Friday are not permitted double pay for both days.


The rate for overtime is one and a half times the normal income, unless the employee is subsequently granted half-hour off on all pay for each hour of overtime worked at normal rates, or 90 minutes off if the overtime was not paid at all. Time off in lieu of pay for overtime must be taken within a month of the time worked, unless the employee confirms written to a longer period of up to 12 months. Although overtime is voluntary, BCEA does not affect the employer’s right to require employees to work overtime in terms of the contract of employment or collective agreement. Refusal by an employee to perform contractual overtime may constitute a disciplinary offence.

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