Working hours per Thailand Labor Law

The Thai labor law stipulated that the maximum number of working hours of employees in Thailand is 8 hours a day and not more than 48 hours a week. The employer and the employee may agree to arrange the period of working hours for some types of works, as stipulated by the Thai labor law, but the total number of working hours in any case must not exceed 48 hours a week. In the business in which the work is deemed dangerous to health or personal safety, as stipulated by law, the number of working hours must not exceed 7 hours a day and totally not to exceed 42 hours a week.

Employees in Thailand are entitled to a daily rest period of at least 1 hour after working for 5 consecutive hours. The employer and the employee may arrange the daily rest period to be shorter than 1 hour at each time but it must not be less than 1 hour a day in total. Employers in Thailand must provide a weekly holiday of at least 1 day a week at intervals of a 6 day period for the employee.

If employees work in excess of the maximum number of hours fixed either by regulation or by specific agreement, the employees are entitled to overtime compensation. The rates of overtime vary from 1.5 times to 3 times the normal average hourly wage rate for the actual overtime worked. Certain employees engaged in employment related work on behalf of the employer and other types of work as prescribed by law are not entitled to overtime compensation. The maximum number of overtime working hours is limited to not more than 36 hours a week.

For any questions regarding Thailand Labor Law, please contact ThaiLawyers.

Here is the full version of Thai Labour Protection Act B.E. 2541,

Thai Labour Protection Act (No.2) B.E. 2551,

and Thai Labour Protection Act (No. 3) B.E. 2551.