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Lebanon - Working time - 2011


LAST UPDATE

25 May 2011

SOURCES


Name of Act

Labour Code, dated 23 September 1946 (Al-jarida al-rasmiya, 1946) as amended. Publication in L’ Argus de la Legislation Libanaise of First quarter 2010.
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Name of Act

Law of 30 April 1959 providing for Labour Day. Publication in L’ Argus de la Legislation Libanaise of First quarter 2010.

Name of Act

Law of 21 November 1962 providing for a compulsory holiday in all trade and industrial concerns on Independence Day. Publication in L’ Argus de la Legislation Libanaise of First quarter 2010.

Name of Act

Decree No. 700: Prohibiting Employment of Young Persons under the Age of 16 or 17, in Occupations that are Hazardous by Nature or which Endanger Life, Helth or Morals., issue on 26/6/1999.

Other source used

The Bank of Lebanon website

LEGAL DEFINITIONS


Employee/worker

Means any man, woman or adolescent who works for consideration of a wage or salary in an employer�s premises, in accordance with an individual or group contract, written or oral. A worker may be either a salary-earner(employee who performs a desk job or a non manual job) or a wage-earner (all the other employees).
Labour Code Art.3

Employer

Means any person, natural or juridical, who in an industrial, trading or agricultural enterprise employs a worker in some capacity against wage or salary, even if this wage or salary is paid in kind or in profit-sharing.
Labour Code Art.1

Young worker

Young worker is the worker who is under 18 years of age.
Labour Code Art.21

NORMAL HOURS LIMITS


Daily hours limit


General limit

No general daily hours limit.
Historical data (year indicates year of data collection)
  • 2009: No general daily hours limit.

Exceptions

The duration of work may be diminished by Ministerial Order from the Ministry of National Economy in a number of exacting and unwholesome jobs. It may be increased in certain cases such as restaurants and cafes.
Labour Code Art.32

Special categories


» Young workers

It is forbidden to set adolescents, who have not yet completed their 18 years of age, to work more than 6 hours a day.
Labour Code Art.23

Weekly hours limit


General limit

48 hours is the maximum duration of work per week, except in the agricultural corporations.
Labour Code Art.31
Historical data (year indicates year of data collection)
  • 2009: 48 hours
  • 2007: 48 hours
  • 1995: 48 hours.

Exceptions

The duration of work may be diminished by Ministerial Order from the Ministry of National Economy in a number of exacting and unwholesome jobs. It may be increased in certain cases such as restaurants and cafes.

Family undertakings are not covered by the Labour Code.
Labour Code Art.32,art.7

Special categories


» Agricultural workers

Agricultural undertakings that are not involved in trade or industry are excluded from the provisions of the Labour Code.
Labour Code Art.7

» Domestic work

Domestic workers are excluded from the provisions of the Labour Code.
Labour Code Art.7

OVERTIME WORK


Criteria for overtime


General

In urgent cases, a derogation from the normal hours limit is possible.
Labour Code Art.33

Limits on overtime hours


General limits

The maximum duration of work may be up to 12 hours per day (including overtime).
Labour Code Art.33
Historical data (year indicates year of data collection)
  • 2009: 12 hours per day (including overtime).
  • 1995: Maximum 12 hours per day, including overtime. Increased for urgent work.

Compensation for overtime work


Overtime rate(s)

The wage or salary for overtime work shall be paid at a rate of 50% of increase (overtime for urgent work).
Labour Code Art.33
Historical data (year indicates year of data collection)
  • 2009: 50% increase (overtime for urgent work)
  • 2007: 50% increase (overtime for urgent work)
  • 1995: 50% premium.

Exceptions

Family undertakings are not covered by the Labour Code.
Labour Code Art.7

Compensatory rest

Wage earner may chose between compensatory rest - number of hours corresponding to those worked overtime - and premium pay.
Labour Code Art.37

Special categories


Domestic work

Domestic workers are excluded from the provisions of the Labour Code.
Labour Code Art.7

Young workers

Young workers under 18 years of age are prohibited from working beyond normal hours of work.
Labour Code Art.23

Agricultural workers

Agricultural undertakings that are not involved in trade or industry are excluded from the provisions of the Labour Code.
Labour Code Art.7

REST PERIODS


Rest breaks


General provisions

In all cases where hours of work exceed 6 hours daily for men, and 5 hours for women: a minimum of 1 hour rest in the middle of the working day.
Labour Code Art.34
Historical data (year indicates year of data collection)
  • 2009: In all cases where hours of work exceed 6 hours daily for men, and 5 hours for women: a minimum of 1 hour rest in the middle of the working day.
  • 2007: In all cases where hours of work exceed 6 hours daily for men, and 5 hours for women: a minimum of 1 hour rest in the middle of the working day.
  • 1995: 1 hour after 6 hours of work for men; after 5 hours for women.

Exceptions

Family undertakings are not covered by the Labour Code.
Labour Code Art.7

Special categories


» Young workers

For young workers: One hour break if daily work exceeds 4 continuous hours.
Labour Code Art.23

» Agricultural workers

Agricultural undertakings that are not involved in trade or industry are excluded from the provisions of the Labour Code.
Labour Code Art.7

» Domestic work

Domestic workers are excluded from the provisions of the Labour Code.
Labour Code Art.7

Daily rest periods


Duration

An uninterrupted period of 9 hours every 24 hours, except in special work circumstances.
Labour Code Art.34
Historical data (year indicates year of data collection)
  • 2009: An uninterrupted period of 9 hours every 24 hours, except in special work circumstances.
  • 2007: An uninterrupted period of 9 hours every 24 hours, except in special work circumstances.

Exceptions

Family undertakings are not covered by the Labour Code.
Labour Code Art.7

Special categories


» Young workers

A period of rest of at least 13 unbroken hours must be granted to the adolescent between to periods of work.
Labour Code Art.23

» Agricultural workers

Agricultural undertakings that are not involved in trade or industry are excluded from the provisions of the Labour Code.
Labour Code Art.7

» Domestic work

Domestic workers are excluded from the provisions of the Labour Code.
Labour Code Art.7

Weekly rest periods


Duration


» General

All wage earners and salary earners are to be granted a weekly rest which must not be under 36 unbroken hours.
Labour Code Art.36
Historical data (year indicates year of data collection)
  • 2009: 36 hours
  • 2007: 36 hours
  • 1995: 36 hours.

» Exceptions

Family undertakings are not covered by the Labour Code.
Labour Code Art.7

Day specified


» General

The employer may select the day of the weekly rest or distribute it among the wage earners and salary earners in simpathy with the requirements of the work.
Labour Code Art.36

Special categories


» Young workers

Young workers under 18 years of age are prohibited from working during daily or weekly periods of rest.
Labour Code Art.23

» Agricultural workers

Agricultural undertakings that are not involved in trade or industry are excluded from the provisions of the Labour Code.
Labour Code Art.7

» Domestic workers

Domestic workers are excluded from the provisions of the Labour Code.
Labour Code Art.7

ANNUAL LEAVE AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS


ANNUAL LEAVE


Qualifying period

The qualifying period to be entitled to enjoy annual leave is one year employed in the same establishment.
Labour Code Art.39

Duration


» General

Every wage-earner or salary-earner employed in an establishment for at least one year is entitled to an annual leave of 15 days with full pay.
Labour Code Art.39
Historical data (year indicates year of data collection)
  • 2009: 15 days
  • 2007: 15 days
  • 1995: 15 days.

» Exceptions

Family undertakings are not covered by the Labour Code.
Labour Code Art.7

Payment


» Amount

Full renumeration
Labour Code Art.39

Schedule and splitting

Upon the choice of the employer depending on the needs of the establishment.
Labour Code Art.39

Work during annual leave

Any agreement contrary to the provisions of the Labour Code concerning the duration of work and holidays is null, including any agreement in the sense of performing work during annual leave.
Labour Code Art.43

Special categories


» Young workers

Young workers under 18 years of age are entitled to 21 days of paid leave after having worked for 1 year.
Labour Code Art.23

» Agricultural workers

Agricultural undertakings that are not involved in trade or industry are excluded from the provisions of the Labour Code.
Labour Code Art.7

» Domestic work

Domestic workers are excluded from the provisions of the Labour Code.
Labour Code Art.7

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS


Number and dates

The law of 21 November 1962, provides a compulsory holiday in all trade and industrial undertakings as well as public administrations on Independence Day (22 November of each year), except for those wherein the nature of work requires continuity. The law of 30 April 1959, provides the 1 day of May, Labour Day, as an Official Holiday also for all workers in public or private stablishments.

In addition, the Banque de Liban provides a schedule of the Official Banking Holidays in Lebanon. However these days will be only observed by the Banque de Liban, its branches, the banking and financial sectors in Lebanon and the public sector;

New Year Day (1 January),Christmas Day-Armenian Orthodox (6 January), St. Maroun Day (9 February), Prophet Mohammad’s Birthday(15 February), Annunciation Day(25 March), Good Friday (22,23 April), Easter -Eastern and Western Church-(24 April), Labour Day(1 May), South Liberation Day(25 May), Assumption of Virgin Mary (15 August), Eid Al-Fitr -Ramadan-(30 August), Eid Al-Adha (6 November), Independence Day (22 November),Hijri New Year (26 November), Ashoura (5 December), Christmas Day (25 December).
Law of 30 April 1959 Sole Article
Law of 21 November 1962 Sole Article
The Bank of Lebanon website

Work on Public Holidays


» Criteria

The Law of 30 April of 1959 establish that during the Labour Day, the officials, workers and employees may work and so in that case they are entitled to receive, in addition to their usual salaries and wages, a bonus indemnity equivalent to the salaries and wages for the aforementioned day.
Law of 30 April 1959 Sole article

EMERGENCY FAMILY LEAVE

Every wage-earner or salary-earner whose father or mother or spouse or one of his children or grandchildren or one of his ascendants has died is entitled to a 2 day holiday with full pay.
Labour Code Art.38

NIGHT WORK


Special categories


Young workers

It is forbidden to set adolescents to work between 7 o’clock in the evening and 7 o’clock in the morning.
Labour Code Art.23

INFORMATION & CONSULTATION


Information

Employers or their representative must post hours of work of the employees and notify the Social Affairs Services thereof.
Labour Code Art.35

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