working time

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working time

in the law of the EU as applied by Member States, any period during which the worker is working, at the employer's disposal and carrying out his activities or duties, in accordance with national laws and practices. The average working time for each seven-day period, including overtime, generally must not exceed 48 hours. The UK government managed to secure an opt-out provision by which for the first seven years of the directive coming into force, workers can voluntarily continue to work more than 48 hours a week but not under compulsion. The directive requires that every worker is entitled to a minimum daily rest period of 11 consecutive hours per 24-hour period (Article 3). The directive also requires that Member States take the measures necessary to ensure that per each seven-day period, every worker is entitled to a minimum uninterrupted rest period of 24 hours plus the 11 hours' daily rest. A rest period is any period that is not working time, e.g. the lunch hour. Workers are generally entitled to four weeks' annual leave and at least a week of it in one block. The employer can decide, subject to detailed rules, when the leave can be taken. If a worker is required to work for more than six hours at a stretch, he or she is entitled to a rest break of 20 minutes.
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Two-day weekends and 40-hour work weeks are still part of the new draft labor law," said Tayseer Al-Mufarrej, ministry spokesman, in response to a report published by an Arabic newspaper.
Two-day weekends and 40-hour work weeks remains part of the new draft labor law, Tayseer Al-Mufarrej, ministry spokesman was quoted as saying following reports about moves to withdraw the proposal after pressure from businesses.
Students and researchers new to the field will find the first two chapters rich in historical background on the changing meaning and organization of work time from hunter-gather societies, moving through the 20th century legal battles that culminated in the 40-hour work week.
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The contract includes a 3% bonus, annual salary increases and assurances that engineers will be compensated for all overtime hours above the standard 40-hour work week.
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The workers cited the federally mandated Fair Labor Standards Act, which requires employers to keep accurate records of hours worked by non-exempt workers and pay them time-and-a-half for any work beyond a 40-hour work week.
The amendment also included provisions that would widen the scope of businesses exempt from the wage and hour requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act; replace the 40-hour work week with an 80-hour two-week work period, within which employers would have sole discretion to allot work hours; and prohibit localities from enforcing any" minimum-wage ordinances that don't apply a 100-percent tips-as-wage standard.
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Ohrbach's workers, probably encouraged by the passage of the federal government's support for unions with the National Industrial Recovery Act, demanded a pay raise, a 40-hour work week and an end to discrimination for union activity.