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Hi, welcome to tips Tuesday
My name is Melanie Thorley and I am the principle solicitor of MJT Law.
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.