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Working hours and rest periods

Title VII
Working hours and rest periods

Article 50

Night shift workers and workers under the occupational confinement system shall receive a compensation for the nature of their job.


Article 51

a- Subject to the provisions of Articles 53 and 54 of this Law, a worker may not be effectively employed for more than forty eight hours per week;
b- Except for the cases specified in this Law, the Muslim worker may not be employed during the month of Ramadan for more than six hours per day, or thirty six hours per week;
c- The Minister may issue a decision increasing the minimum working hours for certain categories of workers or for certain industries or worksif the circumstances and the nature of the work so require.


Article 52

a- Subject to the provision of paragraph b of this Article, the working hours shall be interrupted by one or more intervals for prayer, meals or rest, whose total is not less than half an hour, taking into consideration upon their determination that the worker may not be employed for more than six consecutive hours. Moreover, rest periods shall not be calculated as part of the effective working hours.

b- The Minister may issue a decision determining the works or cases which, for technical reasons or for circumstances of the work, require the continuance of work without a rest period. The Minister may also determine the difficult or arduous works in which the worker is entitled to a rest period calculated as part of the effective working hours.


Article 53

a- Subject to the provision of Article 51 paragraph a of this Law,the worker may not be effectively employed for more than eight hours per day unless otherwise agreed upon, provided the effective working hours do not exceed ten hours per day.

b- The working hours and rest periods shall be regulated in such a way that no worker shall be present at the workplace for more than eleven hours a day calculated from the time of entering said place until the departure therefrom. The rest period shall be calculated as part of the hours during which the worker is present at the workplace in case the work requires him to be present in the workplace.

c- Shall be excluded from the provision of the previous paragraph, workers practicing interrupted works due to their nature, which shall be determined by virtue of the Minister’s decision, provided the period during which they are present at the workplace does not exceed twelve hours per day.


Article 54

The employer may employ the worker for additional hours if so required by the circumstances of the work.

The worker shall receive for each additional working hour a wage equivalent to his due wage plus at least25 % for hours worked during the day, and at least 50% for hours worked during the night.


Article 55

The employer shall post at an apparent location in the workplace the schedule clarifying the weekly rest day, the working hours and the rest periods of each worker, in addition to any modifications to this schedule.


Article 56

The provisions of Articles 51, 52 and 53 of this law shall apply to:

  1. The employer’s authorized representatives;
  2. Workers in equipment and complementary works to be completed before or after the end of the official working hours;
  3. Guardianship and cleaning workers.

The Minister of Labour shall issue a decision determining the maximum effective working hours and additional working hours as well as the additional wage due to the two categories specified in paragraph 2 and 3 of this Article provided this wage is not less than the wage specified inArticle 54 of this Law.


Article 57

a- The work at the establishment must be regulated in such a way that the worker receives a weekly day of rest of not less than 24 complete hours.

Friday shall be deemed to be a weekly day of rest. Subject to the Muslim prayer’s time on Friday, an employer may replace this day by any other day of the week for some of his workers.

An employer may grant the worker, a weekly rest period of more than 24 consecutive hours provided the working hours during the week do not exceed 48 hours.

b- An employer may require a worker to work on his weekly day of rest if so required by the circumstances of the work and in this case the worker shall have the choice between receiving an additional wage equivalent to 150% of his normal wage or another day for rest.

No worker shall be employed on his weekly day of rest more than two consecutive times unless by virtue of his written consent.


Last Update: Wednesday 5 August 2015