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Working Hours and Overtime Regulations

Understand the laws governing work hours and overtime in Anguilla

Standard working hours

In Anguilla, the standard workweek is regulated, setting a limit on the number of hours an employee can work. The key regulations are outlined in the relevant legislation:

  • Maximum Limits: The standard workweek in Anguilla is capped at a maximum of 40 hours, excluding meal breaks and other agreed-upon intervals.

  • Daily Schedule: A typical workday is limited to 8 hours, exclusive of breaks.


In Anguilla, there may be situations that necessitate exceeding the standard workweek hours. The rules and compensation for overtime work are outlined in the Labour Code of Anguilla, 2003.

Employer Obligation: Employers are not obligated to offer overtime work, but if offered, employee consent is required.

Overtime Threshold: Overtime pay is triggered when an employee works for a period exceeding:

  • Weekly Limit: 40 hours
  • Rest Day: 8 hours on a designated rest day
  • Public Holiday: Any hours worked on a public holiday

There are no limitations on the total number of overtime hours an employee can work per week, month, or year, as long as they agree to it.

Overtime Compensation: Overtime work must be compensated at an increased rate on top of the employee's base salary. The minimum increase is:

  • 1.5 times the employee's basic rate of pay for each hour worked in excess of the standard limits

Collective bargaining agreements or individual employment contracts may offer even higher compensation for overtime work.

Rest periods and breaks

Anguillian labor law ensures that workers are provided with rest periods and breaks throughout the workday to maintain their well-being. According to the Labour Code of Anguilla, 2003, these are the worker entitlements:

Daily Rest Period

Anguillian law does not specifically mandate a minimum daily rest period between workdays. However, it is implied from Section 47 of the Labour Code that there should be a rest period of at least 24 consecutive hours between workweeks, considering a standard workweek of 40 hours.

Breaks During the Workday

The Labour Code does not specify a legal requirement for meal breaks. However, Section 48 allows for the inclusion of "meal intervals" within employment contracts or through collective bargaining agreements.

In the absence of specific legal requirements, employers and employees are encouraged to establish mutually agreeable break structures considering workload and fatigue factors.

Night shift and weekend regulations

The Labour Code of Anguilla, 2003 (Bill 1) doesn't specify regulations regarding night shift or weekend work. However, the framework for overtime compensation outlined in the code applies to these work schedules as well.

Here's a breakdown of the implications for night and weekend work:

  • Overtime Compensation: Any hours worked beyond the standard workday of 8 hours and the workweek of 40 hours qualify for overtime pay. This includes night shifts exceeding 8 hours and weekend work.

  • Compensation Rate: The minimum overtime pay is 1.5 times the employee's base salary.

  • Employee Consent: Employers aren't obligated to offer night or weekend shifts, and employee consent is necessary before overtime work can be applied.

Additional Considerations:

  • Shift Work Agreements: For jobs with permanent or rotating night and weekend schedules, a written agreement between the employer and employee outlining the work schedule and compensation is recommended. This agreement can address specific details like shift differentials (additional pay on top of overtime for night shifts) that aren't mandated by law but can be negotiated.

  • Collective Bargaining Agreements: Industry-specific bargaining agreements may establish different regulations or benefits for night and weekend work.

The Anguillian Labour Code is a relatively flexible framework. While it provides baseline protections, there's room for negotiation between employers and employees regarding shift work and compensation. Consulting with the Department of Labour or relevant employee associations in Anguilla is recommended for the latest interpretations and industry standards concerning night and weekend work.

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