The claimant’s contract says that her normal working hours are 9 am – 5.30
pm Monday – Friday with an hour for lunch but that in order to be flexible, she
may be required to work additional hours from time to time, for which payment
is discretionary. In her offer email dated 31 January 2014, Ms Dreyer said:
‘There are a few points … that you should consider before accepting the
There are times in the month when the team is expected to work longer
hours than the standard 9 am – 5.30 pm core hours.
Financial year-end processing and reporting periods, working hours are
extended to very late in the evening and weekends.
We work to strict deadlines that have to be met …
If you wish to talk to me about any of the above points, please let me know
and I will give you a call to discuss.’
The claimant responded that she would be delighted to accept the offer and ‘I
completely understand the need for longer hours and the strict deadlines, and
I am perfectly happy with that.’