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How many hours can an employee work continuously?

Verified 08 March 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

General case

An employee must not work more than 6 hours in a day.

As soon as the employee works 6 hours in a row, he or she must be given a break of at least 20 minutes consecutive.

If continuous working time is 7 hours, the pause must be 30 minutes minimum.

Of treaty provisions may provide for a higher break time.

The lunch break is considered a break time.

Transport sector

Of treaty provisions may lay down specific conditions applicable in this sector.

These provisions may provide, in particular, for a period equivalent to compensating rest.