Statutory number of working hours per week in the private sector
Inspection du Travail
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MC 98000 Monaco
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Opening Hours : from 9.30am to 4.30pm (doors close at 4.00pm) from Monday to Thursday, from 9.30am to 01.00pm (doors close at 12.30) on Friday
The statutory number of working hours is set at 39 hours of actual work per week, i.e. the time during which the employee is carrying out his or her duties (which, in principle, excludes time taken for dressing, snacks, etc.)
In certain occupations, because of the nature of some of the activities, systems of equivalence have been introduced. An attendance period of more than 39 hours is therefore considered equivalent to 39 hours of actual work.
Daily working hours
The actual daily working hours must not exceed ten, except with the authorisation of the Labour Inspector.
The rest period between two consecutive days of work must not be less than ten hours.
At the request of the employer, an employee can work more hours than the legal limit. These working hours are counted as overtime.
Subject to a minimum increase in wages, an employer can extend the working hours to 47 hours per week.
This overtime, which is calculated by calendar week, entitles the employee to the following wage increases:
- 25 % for the first eight hours
- 50 % for any subsequent hours
Unless a special exemption has been granted, the hours of overtime worked must not exceed the maximum amount of hours stipulated by law:
- 10 hours per day
- an average of 46 hours over any period of 12 consecutive weeks
- 48 hours per week, subject to conforming with the average duration set out above
- 60 hours per week in some companies in exceptional circumstances and for short periods with the agreement of the Labour Inspector
Employees who have several jobs must conform with these limits, considering all the jobs as a whole.
Times of Work
In principle, the times of work apply collectively. They are set by the employer, who must:
- Display the working times in all premises relating to the work
- Send a copy of this timetable to the Labour Inspector
- Repeat this procedure if the timetable is changed
Working hours for women
Women's daily work may be interrupted by one or several rest breaks, the total duration of which must not be less than one hour. During these rest periods, the employer cannot ask employees to undertake any work.
Women cannot be employed for night work in factories or workshops unless they are part of the management or occupy a position of responsibility.
As a general rule, any work undertaken between 10 pm and 5 am is considered night work.
Night-time rest periods must consist of at least 11 consecutive hours.
Exemptions can be granted by the Labour Inspector at the request of an employee with regard to:
- An interruption to daily work
- Night work
- Ordinance-law no. 677 of 02 December 1959 concerning working hours
- Act no. 822 of 23 June 1967 concerning the weekly rest period
- Ordinance no. 5.505 of 09 January 1975 enacting the conditions for the application of the Ordinance-Law no. 677 of 2 December 1959 concerning working hours, which was last amended by Act no. 950 of 19 April 1974
- Ministerial Decree no. 67-227 of 12 September 1967 specifying terms for the notification of the Labour Inspector concerning suspensions of the weekly rest period established in articles 4 and 5 of the Act no. 822 of 23 June 1967 concerning the weekly rest period
- Ordinance no. 11.145 of 05 January 1994 implementing the Act no. 822 of 23 June 1967 concerning the weekly rest period