National Employment Standards 1 of 10 – Maximum weekly hours

What are my Maximum weekly hours?

Today I want to talk about number 1 of the 10 national employment standards – Maximum weekly hours.

An employer must not request or require a full-time employee to work more than 38 hours per week, unless it is reasonable – this can be averaged over a period of time.

What is reasonable depends on a number of things including:

  • Your personal circumstances including family responsibilities
  • Risks to health and safety
  • Whether you are entitled to receive compensation for working the additional hours
  • The notice given

If you are asking your employees to do loads of overtime, check the rules and make sure you are not underpaying or being unreasonable.  Also check that your employment contracts for the hours of work required.

For more information on maximum weekly hours, check out the fair work ombudsman’s ‘hours of work’.

By: Melanie Thorley

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