Overtime Know your Rights

Public holiday season began with Human Rights Day in March last month, and soon the Easter holidays are approaching quickly. Taking us through to June, South Africans can enjoy the many additional days of rest that are ahead of us. Employers on the other hand have a little extra work to negotiate the overtime that must be paid when their staff work on these special days. According to the Basic Conditions of Unemployment Act, an employer is required to pay the employee normal rate for every public holiday.

Overtime Calculation

Overtime Calculation: How is Overtime Calculated?

BASIC OVERTIME GUIDELINES РUnderstanding Overtime Calculation

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act applies to all employers and workers, but not –

  • members of the –
    • National Defence Force,
    • National Intelligence Agency, or
    • South African Secret Service; or
  • unpaid volunteers working for charity.

The section of the Act that regulate working hours does not apply to:

  • workers in senior management
  • sales staff who travel and regulate their own working hours
  • workers who work less than 24 hours in a month