The standard workweek is 40 hours long. Five-day workweeks are the norm, but a business may opt for a six-day workweek if it better suits its needs. Businesses engaged in creative or athletic endeavors have some latitude in establishing their own schedules.
Between the ages of 14 and 16, employees are not permitted to work more than 24 hours per week. Individuals between the ages of 16 and 18 are limited to 36 hours per week. Additionally, employees who perform exceptionally difficult or hazardous jobs are limited to 36 hours per week. Additionally, employees under the age of 18 and pregnant women who have provided the employer with a medical certificate of pregnancy are not permitted to work between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Mothers of children under the age of seven, individuals raising children under the age of seven without the child's mother, and individuals caring for a disabled child under the age of sixteen may work only between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. with written consent. Disabled individuals may work during these hours only with written consent and are not otherwise prohibited by a physician. Employees who work at night must be compensated at a rate that is at least 150 percent of their standard hourly or daily rate, with the specific night rate typically determined by contract.
In general, the employee and employer must agree in writing on overtime work. Overtime cannot exceed two hours per day for non-hazardous work and one hour for hazardous work. Additionally, overtime hours cannot exceed 12 per month. Overtime is compensated at 150 percent of the regular rate of pay. Additionally, 1 hour of unpaid leave can be granted for every hour of overtime.