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Apple forces its employees to work unpaid overtime - don't be a slave driver!

by , 30 July 2013
The Apple Corporation may make the coolest gadgets, but their worker's rights record isn't as impressive. In fact, a worker's rights group has blasted Apple's Chinese factories for forcing their workers to work unpaid overtime. Not only is this illegal, it's terrible for public relations! Here's how to respect your worker's overtime rights...

News24 reports that Apple, the makers of the most coveted phones in the world, are slave drivers.

Workers' rights group China Labour Watch has reported that Apple forces its Chinese workers to work hours and hours of unpaid overtime. These workers aren't exactly higher-earners either; they barely make a living wage.

Don't be a slave driver! You must respect your worker's overtime rights…

Whether you're a car mechanic or a heart surgeon, your workers have rights.

No business is so crucial that it warrants an employer demanding unreasonable overtime!

Labour Law for Managers lists what you need to know about your workers' overtime rights…

Here's what the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) says about overtime…
  • Section 10(1) (b) of the BCEA says your workers can't work more than ten hours of overtime a week.
  • Section 10 (1A) of the BCEA says your workers can't work more than 12 hours on any given day.

You can mutually agree to increase the overtime limit to 15 hours a week. But you need to get it down in writing, and you can't apply it for more than two months in any 12 month period.

Remember, whichever of the two rules above is less will apply. For example, just because Joe hasn't worked any overtime this week, doesn't mean you can ask him to do a 14-hour day on Friday. He can still only work a maximum of 12 hours a day. You can't just bank overtime a worker hasn't worked, and ask them to work unreasonably long hours.

Your business may be important to you, but your employees are one of your most valuable assets. If you respect their rights, they'll respect you and feel motivated to work harder.



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