The question as to what is considered to be reasonable hours is a question that is often posed to us by or clients. Indeed there are many employers who have contracts with salaried staff which provide a “cover all” clause which states that “the employee shall work whatever reasonable hours are required to perform their role”…or words to that effect.
Therefore, there is an expectation from employers that employees often have to work longer hours to get a job done. But where is the line drawn between what are reasonable hours and what is excessive? What are the consequences for employers if employees work excessive or unreasonable hours?