Work organised in successive shifts

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    This particular organization of the work allows to derogate from the normal daily and weekly working time limits.
    In case of work organised in successive shifts the maximal working time limits become : 11 hours/day and 50 hours/week.
    Such a derogation is directly permitted by law without prior authorisation.


    • At least two shifts ;
    • at least two workers per shift

    Compensatory rests : yes

    Compensatory rests must be granted to ensure that the normal weekly working time (38 hours or that determined by collective agreement) is complied with on average over a reference period.

    In principle, this reference period is a quarter. 

    Overtime rates : no  

    Legal basis

    Article 22, 1 of the Labour Act of 16 March 1971