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Regular Pay

Your employer has to pay your salary and other emoluments at such intervals as required under the law, collective agreement or your contract. (Labour Proclamation, Art. 58)

Overtime Pay

In accordance with article 61 of the Labour Proclamation, the normal hours of work are 8 hours a day and 48 hours a week. Hours of work are spread equally over the working days of a week. However, if the nature of work so requires, some of the working days can be shortened while in other days, working time can be increased to the limit of 10 hours a day (Art. 63).A worker may not be compelled to work overtime, however, overtime may be worked only when the employer can’t be expected to resort to other measures and when there is “actual or expected accident, force majeure, urgent work, or substitution of absent workers assigned on work that runs continuously without interruption. Overtime work can't exceed 2 hours in a day or 20 hours in a month or 100 hours in a year. If a worker works beyond the stipulated working hours during the week days, i.e., 8 hours a day and 48 hours a week, he is entitled to an overtime pay according to the following schedule:
- 125% of normal hourly rate for the overtime hours from 06 a.m. to 10 p.m.;
- 150% of normal hourly rate for the overtime hours from 10 p.m. to 06 a.m.;
- 200% of the normal hourly rate for overtime hours on a weekly rest day; and
- 250% of the normal hourly rate for overtime hours on a public holiday. (Art. 68)

Night Work

Night work is done from 10 P.M. to 6 A.M. The law doesn’t mention premium payments for night workers. Higher payments are only for people working overtime during the night. If worked night hours are overtime hours, you should be paid 150% of your normal hourly rate of pay. (Labour Proclamation, Art. 68).

Minimum Wage

There is no national minimum wage. Minimum wage exists only for the public sector workers which is around 420 birr ($22). Some Government institutions set their own minimum wages. 

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