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Additional two-hour overtime allowed at apparel units for six months

| Updated: May 01, 2021 17:11:40

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The government has allowed additional two hours' overtime for the country's export-oriented ready-made garment (RMG) sector for six months amid the coronavirus pandemic, sources said.

According to labour law, a worker in a garment factory works eight hours a day and 48 hours a week.

Factories are permitted to ask workers to do overtime by two hours daily on the condition of giving double wage for the overtime period.

Now, an export-oriented garment factory can ask its workers to do overtime by additional two hours or a total of four hours a day, the sources explained.

On April 13, the labour and employment ministry issued a circular to this effect, exempting the apparel sector from labour law provisions of 100, 102 and 105 regarding working hours and overtime.

"The six-month conditional waiver will come into effect from April 17," according to the circular.

It stipulates that workers must be paid a double wage for overtime than regular work hours and no worker would be forced to do overtime more than four hours a day.

Weekly holiday must be given and no overtime could be performed if any workers are not willing to do the same, added the circular.

The eight-point condition also included ensuring the Covid-19 health and safety guideline issued by the government authorities concerned.

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