The workweek is 40 hours but is frequently reduced by collective bargaining agreement terms. Employees who work in a hazardous environment where hazards cannot be eliminated through occupational health and safety measures may have their workweek reduced to as little as 36 hours.
Overtime is permitted only in the event of an emergency. Whenever possible, the employer must provide written notice explaining why the overtime is necessary, identifying the employees who will work overtime, and indicating when the overtime work will begin.
Employers are required to notify the government labor inspectorate if they have employees who work nights (work between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.) Employees must undergo a medical examination prior to being assigned to night work and must be examined on a periodic basis while working at night, with the employer covering all examination costs.
Overtime cannot exceed ten hours per week on a weekly basis for a total of fifty hours worked. Overtime, with the exception of emergency situations, must be agreed upon in writing. While collective bargaining agreements generally define overtime pay, the legal minimum is 140 percent of regular pay.