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What are the maximum hours that an employee can work?

In your employment contracts you must consider an employee’s entitlement to maximum weekly working hours

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Did you know that your employees are entitled to maximum weekly working hours?

In your employment contracts you must consider an employee’s entitlement to maximum weekly working hours that arises under:

Modern awards and enterprise agreements typically cap the number of ordinary hours an employee can work:

Hours worked in excess of ordinary time are usually treated as overtime.

The NES sets a standard of an average of 38 hours of work per week for national system employees not covered by a modern award or enterprise agreement.

The NES does, however, allow national system employers to require or request their employees to work reasonable additional hours.

Reasonable additional hours are additional hours worked each week in excess of 38 (or agreed or usual weekly hours for part-timers or casuals) that are considered reasonable after certain relevant factors have been taken into account, including:

The NES also:

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