With increased trading hours and some staff members on leave, many franchises will be stretched operationally during the festive season. This means that other employees will be covering for their colleagues and, quite possibly, racking up the overtime. Here’s what you should know…
Is there a limit to how many hours overtime can be worked?
Yes. The Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act, No. 11 of 2002 (BCEA) stipulates that a worker can work up to ten hours of overtime a week and that they may not work more than twelve hours in a day.
Must I pay extra for overtime hours?
Yes. In terms of the BCEA, the rate is 1.5 times the normal hourly wage.
Are my franchise staff entitled to the day off on public holidays?
Working on public holidays is regulated in Section 18 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act, No. 11 of 2002 (BCEA). The Act determines that everyone is entitled to have apaid day off on a public holiday.
Can I give my franchise staff time off instead of paying them overtime?
Yes. The BCEA states that, if agreed to by both parties, a worker can take time off to compensate him or her for the overtime hours worked, or a combination of overtime pay and time off.
Author: Franchise Finder, Online Directory of Franchises and Business Opportunities in South Africa