The standard workweek consists of forty hours spread over five days. Extended hours are permitted for up to one month if an urgent need exists, provided that the longer days are offset by shorter hours on other days.
Production enterprises that must operate continuously may have work weeks averaging 43 hours and workdays of up to 12 hours over a four-week period.
Overtime is typically only permitted in emergencies or when the employer has a specific, unique need that must be met. It is limited to a weekly maximum of eight hours and a maximum of 150 hours per year. Overtime is compensated at a percentage of the employee's standard rate and is paid if the employee works additional hours at night, on a Sunday or holiday, or on a day scheduled for leave.
The employee may elect to receive compensation in the form of time off rather than overtime pay. Executives and senior managers are entitled to overtime compensation for work performed on Sundays or holidays, but not for work exceeding 40 hours per week on average.