Your normal hours of work are 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Your normal working hours are 9am to 5:30pm with a one hour lunch break. The Company may require you to work additional hours as may from time to time be necessary to fulfill your duties. You will not receive further remuneration for any additional hours worked."
This clause specifies the employee's standard work hours and conditions:
- The normal schedule is 37.5 hours per week, Monday through Friday.
- Typical working hours are 9am to 5:30pm including a 1-hour lunch break.
- The company can require additional hours beyond the regular schedule when necessary.
- The employee will not receive extra pay for any extra hours worked.
In plain terms, the standard hours are outlined as 37.5 hours M-F between 9am-5:30pm.
But the company can require extra time beyond that, without additional pay, if needed to fulfill duties.
Historically, employment agreements lacked clarity on expected work hours and compensation for additional time.
Undefined schedules and pay created compliance issues and worker disputes.
As employee protections grew, clauses clearly delineating standard hours emerged. This established regular schedules that conformed to legal and industry norms.
Further language developed allowing employers to mandate extra hours flexibly when required by business needs. This provided authority to meet demands without being bound to a rigid schedule.
Over time, disclaimers were added that no further pay was due for additional hours. This reinforced and notified employees of employer rights to extra time without overtime or other premiums.
In effect, detailed hours of work clauses developed to promote transparent policies while balancing worker rights and operational needs. They aimed to set clear expectations on normal schedules and flexibility required when necessary.
The evolution of precise hours of work contract language sought to foster compliance and avoid disputes by aligning worker desires for defined schedules with employer requirements for adjustable time commitments.
Detailed provisions that addressed standard and extra hours became essential.