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SURINAME | Maximum working hours

The Labour Code 1963 (Arbeidswet 1963) limits the maximum working hours of an employee. According to the Labour Code 1963 employees may only work for a maximum of 8,5 hours a day or 48 hours a week. For security personnel who exclusively perform security tasks, the maximum working hours are extended to 12 hours a day or 72 hours a week. For personnel who perform security tasks but not exclusively, the maximum working hours are extended to 10 hours a day or 60 hours a week. A few industries are exempted by national decree from the maximum hours rules described above.

The Labour Code 1963 furthermore stipulates that an employee may not perform work on a Sunday on a national holiday. If an employer requires its personnel to perform overtime, it needs to request an 'overtime-permit' from the Labour Inspection.